Bright Pi Education has written a range of guidance materials to support the planning and teaching of mathematics. For each set of materials, whole school or individual year group sections can be purchased. Please enquire for further details and costs.

Written Calculation Guidance

The Written Calculation Guide provides teachers with a detailed supportive document, showing a suggested progression towards formal written calculation methods. There are separate ‘routes’ for each of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, in line with the programme of study for the 2014 National Curriculum for Mathematics. Each year group’s guidance provides photographs showing the use of a range of structural apparatus.

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Mastery in EYFS

The ‘Teaching for Mastery and Greater Depth in Foundation Key Stage’ materials have been written to support teachers planning mathematical experiences for Number, Shape, Space & Measure for pupils working at 40-60 months. They outline key mathematical subject and pedagogical knowledge to support planning for ‘mastery’ of the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. The resource provides examples of questions, tasks and practical classroom activities to support teaching, learning, and assessment.

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Mental Calculation Guidance

The Mental Calculation Guide provides teachers with a comprehensive support for teaching the skills and strategies needed for effective mental calculation. The guide focuses on addition/subtraction and multiplication/division, is organised by year group, and matches the expectation of the National Curriculum Programme of Study.

A wide range of activities are included, alongside clear visual images of suggested resources and teaching approaches.

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Vocabulary Lists

These vocabulary lists support the introduction and use of mathematical language at an appropriate time in learning. Each page provides a list of essential vocabulary for each year group divided into strands according to the national curriculum. The words listed for each year include vocabulary suggested in the statutory and non-statutory guidance in each year’s programme of study with additional vocabulary appropriate at each stage to ensure a progression in the development of language. The vocabulary lists are not intended to be exhaustive and more words can be added as appropriate. A separate document also lists the progressive development of vocabulary for each mathematical domain.

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Medium Term Plans

Medium term plans are available for each of the three terms for Year Groups 1 to 6. Each termly plan provides teachers with a suggested guide as to how statements from the National Curriculum programme of study might be clustered together into units. An approximate time frame, stated in numbers of weeks (assuming 5 mathematics lessons each week), is given for each unit of work. Each of the units of work contains a thematic question, or a suggested wider context through which much of the mathematics could be taught.

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Overcoming Maths Anxiety Posters

Maths anxiety can limit performance, in some situations, and impact negatively on pupils’ learning and mental well-being. These posters, based on the growth zone model, can be used in the classroom, or at home, to help pupils reflect on their learning state as they encounter mathematical problems and how to move out of state of high anxiety to a position of safe learning.

A3 versions of these posters can be purchased for £4 plus VAT.
A2 versions of these posters can be purchased for £5 plus VAT.
All posters are printed on silk paper, 170gsm.
Flat rate £4 postage per order.

How do I move myself out of the comfort zone?

When pupils are in the comfort zone, often work is too easy and they are not fully challenged. This poster shows a range of strategies to help pupils challenge themselves more in mathematics and move out of their comfort zone.

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How do I keep myself in the growth zone?

Pupils are at an optimal learning state when they are in the growth zone. This poster highlights a variety of ways for pupils to keep themselves engaged and challenged in their learning as they work on mathematical problems.

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How do I move myself out of the ‘not ready yet zone’?

In the ‘not ready yet’ zone, pupils may feel high levels of anxiety which prevents them from learning. This poster provides a range of strategies to help pupils reduce their levels of anxiety and reach a state where they are ready to learn again.

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I am a good mathematician

Being a good mathematician doesn’t always mean being the fastest or always answering questions correctly. Good mathematicians ask good questions, learn from their mistakes, persevere when they finds things difficult. This poster celebrates a range of qualities that good mathematicians may demonstrate showing that everyone, at some point, can be a good mathematician.

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