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Maths - Money mum's five a day

What it's all about

In the continuing climate of economic uncertainty Gill Fielding, mother, entrepreneur and millionaire, has launched a petition to convince prime minister David Cameron of the need to teach the "financial five a day" to every child in the UK.

The petition suggests children need to study: how to get, manage and monitor a bank account; how to understand, manage and control borrowing; how to budget until next pay day; how to plan for the future and save; and how to take responsibility for their own financial well-being.

Ms Fielding wants to do for finance what Jamie Oliver did for food in schools. "I'm successful with money and have created that wealth myself from the gutter up; I know that it can be done," she says.

As a mother, she worries about her children's future and wants to help them and others to be independent and secure.

You can sign the petition for a financial five a day at www.moneymum.com.

What else?

Mark McEvilly shares over 100 teaching ideas to keep boys interested and achieving in the classroom. 100+ Fun Ideas for Teaching Boys in Primary Schools (Brilliant Publications) is a handy, easy-to-use reference book.

The introduction explains neurological differences between boys and girls with references for further research. Each activity is explained over half to one-and-a-half pages in clear bullet points. Items needed and curriculum links are stated for each task.

There are plenty of ideas to inspire reluctant boys to write and many more activities for other subjects including PSHE, maths, PE and geography.

Though written specifically to engage young boys, it is full of active ideas to suit any primary classroom.

Download sample pages from www.brilliantpublications.co.uk.

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