I came across a very strange situation the other day...a student who can apply all four rules of number on paper with fluency. She can complete long multiplication and forget the place holder and still get the answer right. She can do long division, using a written method I don't quite recognise yet (but I … Continue reading The Importance of Number Sense
The problem with maths and the rules Why did I get this wrong in my assessment? 4 + 5 x 2 = 18. Doesn't it? My teacher told me the answer is 14. The calculator on my phone says 14, my scientific calculator says 14 but a friend's basic calculator says 18. Who's right and … Continue reading BIDMAS BODMAS PEMDAS -What’s it all about?
"Working harder makes you smarter!" and "Make a mistake and feel great" would make my pupils pull very strange faces. Initially, pupils don't like my lessons, I refuse to spoon feed and I make them think. Thinking is hard, recalling information even more so, making connections and links and then doing all of this whilst … Continue reading Working harder in maths makes you smarter
I need muscles was my request at tea, someone to help me carry the 20kg bag of sand I need to go and buy! My two sons very quickly asked could they go to the park? I had apologised earlier to the eldest when I realised how heavy the bag of sand he carried to … Continue reading Grains of sand are heavier than you think
For many years I taught fractions with pizzas and cakes, then one day I realised I had been doing it all wrong... Cakes and pizzas seem to lend themselves nicely to fractions but not when you're trying to compare fractions. Many meal times often almost end in disaster at our house and this is because a circular cake … Continue reading Pizza or Chocolate – the best way to compare fractions
Why do children (and adults) find fractions so complicated...? My own children seem to fear them and I don't really understand why. They were introduced to fractions as soon as they started eating sandwiches. So why do they claim they don't understand them? Eating sandwiches? Yes, "shall I cut them in half for two pieces or … Continue reading Fractions -understanding the fear
Hello My name's Sarah and I have decided to write about being a mum and the maths we encounter on a daily basis without even realising. I will also be giving you maths tips to share with your children and showing you mathematical methods to help you and your children make sense of maths. Daily we … Continue reading Mummy Maths Aims To…