Mathematics equips children with a uniquely powerful set of tools which include logical reasoning, problem-solving skills, and the ability to think in abstract ways. As such, mathematics is a creative discipline. It can stimulate moments of happiness and wonder when a child solves a problem for the first time, discovers a more efficient solution to a problem or suddenly sees hidden connections.
The maths techniques and methods children are taught in schools are based on giving them an understanding of mathematics and helping them to articulate that through explaining, discussing their work with each other and involving them in solving problems that apply to everyday life.
Children learn different methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
There is, for example, 'chunking' for division, the 'grid' method for multiplication and 'partitioning' for adding HTUs. A number line is used in a variety of different contexts from age four upwards.
For parents, who didn't experience these techniques while they were at school, there's a learning curve to understand how children are being taught maths.
Our Maths page is designed to help you do just that, and to understand how current maths teaching is helping to equip children with numeracy skills that will be essential in helping them to cope effectively with many adult decisions.
The following sites will provide activities, help and advice.
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