Author(s): Rosemary Russell
Maths is good for you! Research has shown that: Numeracy exercises are very good for the brain. In the long term, numeracy helps employment prospects, and Maths qualifications can lead to more earning power. Are you the parent or carer of a young child, keen to help with school work at home - but worried that you might not do a good job? Presented as a colourful and easy-to-follow guide, this book will demystify what children are being taught in school and is brimming with ideas on how you can help your child with their numeracy at home. How will this book help? It will secure your own knowledge. Give you ideas of how to help your child. Provide exercises to do with your child. Show you what schools are trying to do. Tell you what children are expected to learn at a given age. Lead you to more resources. And most important of all, it will help you make maths fun! Rosemary Russell has much experience helping parents help their children with their numeracy skills.
Rosemary Russell is a Secondary Maths Teacher and has been awarded a PhD for her work on parents helping their children with maths.
Introduction; -Maths is good for you!; -How this book will help; -The most important help - providing the right environment; -Everyday maths; -Start from where they are; -Lots of ways to learn; -Praise and encouragement - building self-esteem; -Great expectations - but not too great!; Schools; -National Curriculum; -Key Stages. -Numeracy Strategy; -Numeracy Hour; -Typical Lessons; -SATs and Assessment; -Levels; Basic Numeracy; -Units, tens, hundreds and thousands; -Extract from our number system; -Starting off; -Rewriting a number in smaller units; -Number Lines; Addition; -Knowing number facts and doubling and halving; -Respect different strategies used; -Vocabulary; -Stages in teaching addition: paper and pencil procedures; Subtraction; -Many methods; -Links with number facts; -Counting on or complementary addition: 'the shopkeepers' method'; -Counting back down - it's different; -Rounding and compensating; -Vocabulary; -Stages in teaching subtraction; -Easier subtractions; -Harder subtractions; Fractions and Decimals; -Background on fractions; -Writing fractions; -How fractions are taught in schools; -Decimals; Multiplication and Division; -What is multiplication?; -Vocabulary; -What is division?; -1. Sharing equally; -2. Grouping or repeated subtraction; -Vocabulary; Data Handling: Bar Charts, Pie Charts etc.; -What is data handling?; -How data handling is taught in schools; -Helping your child; Measuring; -Background; -Language; -How measuring is taught. -How to help; Money; -Background; -How problems involving money are taught in schools; -Vocabulary; -How you can help; Time; -Background.; -How time is taught in schools; Appendix I - Multiplication Square; Appendix II - Targets and Resources; Appendix III - Glossary; Appendix IV - Answers.