Curiosity is a fabulous thing. Curious children explore, investigate, experiment, build their own understanding, share their findings with others and want to know more. Curious teachers learn as they teach, reflecting on their practice and following new routes to enhanced teaching and learning. Curiosity has the potential to enhance learning in all curriculum subjects but it has a special connection with scientific thinking. A curious approach can open up learning in science, computing, design technology and mathematics. This text explores how teachers can harness the power of curiosity in their classroom. Full of practical teaching ideas for engaging learners and making lessons more exciting, this text highlights the ways in which STEM subjects can be taught together.

Ways to Enhance Curiosity in Primary Mathematics

Ways to enhance curiosity in primary mathematics

Chapter Objectives

After reading this chapter you will:

  • have a toolkit of ideas with which to promote mathematical curiosity in the classroom;
  • know what pedagogical techniques inspire learners to be mathematically curious;
  • be curious yourself about trying out some of the mathematical activities.


Young learners begin school as curious and interested mathematicians. They are full of questions such as what is the biggest number? How many stars are there in the sky? Why is the number five odd and the number six even? According to Mason et al. (2005) learners are born with mathematical powers that support and aid them in their mathematical quests (powers such as organising and classifying or imagining and expressing). We will ...

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