Inquiry Maths is a model of teaching that encourages students to regulate their own activity while exploring a mathematical statement or diagram (called a prompt). Inquiries involve the class in questioning, conjecturing, generalising and proving and, when required, in listening to the teacher's explanation. In Inquiry Maths, students learn to take responsibility for directing the lesson with the teacher acting as the arbiter of legitimate mathematical knowledge and activity.

Learning through inquiry What students say

“Doing Inquiry Maths was the best maths lesson I ever had because it taught me how to think." (year 7)
"My independent learning ability has improved. It made me think outside the box!" (year 11)
"Having a say in what we do makes me work harder." (year 10)
"I ask lots more questions in maths after doing inquiry lessons. Last week I made up my own inquiry on enlargements." (year 8)
And what teachers say
The Inquiry Maths process gave the students the experience of being real mathematicians, something which is far too rarely the case in schools. They loved it and I felt that I learned much more about their strengths than I had in the preceding lessons. (Luke Pearce)
The students’ responses were inspiring, amazing, and truly beyond any of my expectations. (Michelle Cole)
Inquiry Maths empowers students by giving them a voice to say what they recognise, find intriguing and want to explore further. It celebrates the value of individual student's ideas, whilst shining a light on their links to a wider web of mathematical thinking. (Jhahida Miah)
Using Inquiry Maths over this year for my year 7 class has made my students into active learners who are fearless and methodical when attacking a problem. (Emma Morgan)

is independent of all companies and organisations. The website was created by Andrew Blair, a secondary school teacher, to promote inquiry learning in mathematics classrooms and is being developed in collaboration with teachers from around the world. Their experiences and reflections enrich its pages.

Inquiry Maths Habits of Mind poster

Hamdi Ahmed, a mathematics teacher in north London (UK), designed this poster for her classroom. She intends to focus on a habit of mind (either a mathematical habit from the inner circle or general inquiry habit from the outer circle) during each Inquiry Maths lesson. Use this link to download the poster.

Inquiry Maths posts

  • Inquiry and online learning Inquiry and online learning  During the lockdown, I was adapting the Inquiry Maths workshop I run for teachers to make it suitable for an online session with trainees at a ...
    Posted 1 Jul 2020, 03:21 by Andrew Blair
  • Curriculum, knowledge and inquiry Curriculum, knowledge and inquiry   The curriculum has become the focus of developmental work in schools throughout England since September 2019. That is because the curriculum looms large in Ofsted's ...
    Posted 6 Apr 2020, 09:16 by Andrew Blair
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Inquiry Maths workshops

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"A dynamic approach to mathematics - inspiring stuff." See a report on the Inquiry Maths session at Southern Rocks 18 (Saturday 3rd February, 2018) in the journal Teach Secondary here.