Maths Investigator is a secret spy agency whose mission is to make maths fun and exciting. The series has been extensively trialled and developed to offer schools a fresh and exciting way to combine the content and structure of the 2006 Mathematics Framework with the principles of the Primary Strategy 'Excellence and Enjoyment' guidance - to raise standards whilst making learning fun. The Maths Investigator approach focuses on developing the key skills of problem solving, speaking and listening, and using and applying maths. It uses the engaging spy context to integrate maths into problem solving and give pupils a clear purpose for learning. The Differentiation Guide provides support and extension activities for each unit to ensure pupils at all levels make progress. Support activities reinforce key concepts for lower attainers with clear guidance on useful questions to ask and alternative methods to try. Open-ended challenge activities broaden and deepen understanding for higher achievers. Key assessment for learning ideas address common misunderstandings. This easy-to-use, time-saving resource is ideal for classroom assistants.
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Kate Pink has been a primary school teacher for several years in the borough of Richmond-upon-Thames, where she has Leading Maths Teacher and Advanced Skills Teacher status. She is currently combining freelance writing and tutoring with looking after her young family.
Caroline Clissold is a former classroom teacher and numeracy co-ordinator, who is now the Senior Primary Strategy Consultant with responsibility for maths in Richmond-upon-Thames. As part of her work with schools she has developed many games and practical resources to help children improve numeracy
skills, in addition to professional development resources for teachers. Caroline is a regular contributor to educational publications and has also written several maths books for OUP (Thinking by Numbers, Maths Trackers) and other publishers.
`Brilliant value added this year because so many of my class have moved a whole level over the year.
Best results we've ever had in maths - 99% L4 and above and a staggering number of L5s - all down to the MI approach.
Six of the children in my bottom set moved from 3c to 4c during the year.
Selection of comments from Richmond schools who used MI draft materials for MI3 and MI6
`The children loved the whole idea of M and her spies. It made maths much more real for them as well as enjoyable. Thank you!
We loved the idea. It really kept the children engaged and enthused.
It was fun to teach the unit when you can see the children enjoying it.
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`I thought it was great, super and brilliant. I like the characters as well.
I think Maths Investigator lessons were a lot better than normal maths.
It was 100% fantastic%.
Selection of comments from children with whom MI3 sample unit was trialled
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