New for 2012: Eight exciting new case studies based on: Olympic records, football training, fashion trends, types of dances, rainforest destruction, the best goals, a space zoo and a rock concert. Available online now on the Bowland Player
makes maths fun and absorbing for pupils aged 11-14. The aim is to help change pupils' views of maths by
increasing their motivation and enjoyment, which should help increase their confidence and their competence. A second aim is to help teach maths in a different way.
Maths materials look very different from most maths teaching materials. They consist of
innovative case study problems, each taking 3-5 lessons, designed to develop thinking,
reasoning and problem solving skills – as in the revised Key Stage 3 curriculum. Each case
study is different, but all provide pupils and teachers with problems that are fun and
engaging, while also being a rich maths experience. The case studies are not remotely
like answering questions from a book. For Portraits of the case studies, click here.
In addition, Bowland maths has developed a series of stand-alone assessment items, each of which takes less than one
lesson to complete – and some no more than 20 minutes. The items are based on the same principles and are designed to help
teachers to assess their pupils’ progress on the Key Processes. For a list of the Assessment Items,
Maths also includes Professional Development materials to help teachers develop the skills
needed for the case studies and for the new Programme of Study. There are five modules which cover
the main pedagogical challenges for this type of investigative problem solving and two further modules directly
addressing issues around assessment.
Each module is activity based; it is built around problems similar to the case studies,
but short enough to fit into a single lesson. For an outline of the
Professional Development modules, click here.
these materials are available on the Bowland Player, which is free to UK schools from this website. Some users may have problems accessing interactive content online, so there is a DVD-ROM version, which also has better quality video, available free to schools in England.
click here to order the DVD.
The NCETM website has a forum where teachers can share experiences of Bowland Maths.