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The Importance of Number Sense

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

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Pizza or Chocolate – the best way to compare fractions

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