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A Parent’s Guide to Modern Math...

A Parent’s Guide to Modern Maths – part 3

Continuing our look at modern maths methods, in this post the topic is column addition. Column addition This is where written methods of addition begin to look more familiar. Compact column addition is the method that most parents will probably be familiar with. What may be different though is the way that the process of […]

A Parent’s Guide to Modern Math...

A Parent’s Guide to Modern Maths continued

Today we’ll take a look at some of the ways addition is taught in primary schools. Modern maths methods can seem very strange to parents, so let’s take some of the mystery out of it. Written methods for addition of whole numbers Number lines Number lines can be used to help with addition, either numbered […]

A Parent’s Guide to Modern Math...

A Parent’s Guide to Modern Maths

The way Maths is taught, especially at primary school level, has changed significantly over the last 30 years. With the changes, the vocabulary of Maths has changed too. As a parent, the language of modern maths may seem completely foreign to you. Here are a few tips and explanations to help you find your way […]

QTS Numeracy Test – how to pass...

QTS Numeracy Test – how to pass it

Passing the numeracy skills test isn’t just a case of being able to answer the questions correctly, with the mental arithmetic section in particular, it’s a test of whether you can answer the questions correctly and quickly. Before you even think about booking in for the QTS numeracy test, make sure you prepare yourself properly. […]

The Vorderman Report on Mathematics E...

The Vorderman Report on Mathematics Education

In August 2011 Carol Vorderman’s report – A world-class mathematics education for all our young people – was published. For those who struggled with Maths in secondary school, who are struggling now or who have children who are finding Maths difficult, the report makes particularly interesting reading. I recommend that all parents with school age […]

Dyscalculia – what is it?

Dyscalculia – what is it?

Dyscalculia is dysfunction in the reception, comprehension or production of quantitive and spatial information. The Department for Education describes Dyscalculia as follows: Pupils with dyscalculia have difficulty in acquiring mathematical skills. Pupils may have difficulty understanding simple number concepts, lack an intuitive grasp of numbers and have problems learning number facts and procedures. Put simply, dyscalculia […]