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The Early Childhood Mathematics Group and BEAM Education are running a conference entitled Mathematics in the Early Years at King's College London, Stamford Street, SE1, October 7. Speakers: Lesley Staggs, principal manager for under-fives, QCA; Sue Gifford, Surrey University, Roehampton; and Ruth Sharpe, University of the West of England. Workshops include: stepping stones for maths and the progression towards the early learning goals; teaching money in the early years; mathematical games; using stories, rhymes and songs; and the role of the nursery assistant. Fee: pound;85 plus VAT.

Details from: Jo Bailey or Graham Barker at BEAM, tel: 020 7684 3323. E-mail An opportunity to share good practice is offered by the Association of Teachers of Mathematics at Mathematical Ideas and Activities for the Classroom, being held on October 14 at Gosforth high school, Newcastle upon Tyne. Sessions for primary and secondary teachers iclude: geometry software for the maths classroom, problem posing in the classroom, a new crystal maze, thinking skills, shape and space activities using A4 paper and geometry activities. Fee: pound;35, pound;25 members (includes lunch). ATM, 7 Shaftesbury Street, Derby DE23 8YB. Tel: 01332 346599.E-mail: The Mathematical Association's annual conference on the theme Visualising Mathematics will be held at St Martin's College, Lancaster, April 8-11, 2001. If you would like to contribute, contact the MA office at 259 London Road, Leicester LE2 3BE. Tel: 0116 221. 0013, e-mail:, website: The Association of Teachers of Mathematics is celebrating its 50th anniversary at its Easter conference. Entitled A Spatial Odyssey, it is being held at Chester College, April 9-12. Key speakers: David Fielker, himself a member for 40 years, and Heinrich Bauersfled from Germany. Contact ATM as above.

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