How can teachers help children to develop reasoning skills? What is reasoning and how do we teach it? Much is being said in schools and education about the importance of reasoning skills. This book explores what reasoning is and what it is not. It includes examples of how reasoning in primary mathematics and science classes can develop. It shows how a connection between the ‘skills’ of mathematics and science can help children to gain a better understanding of reasoning. What is a conjecture? What makes you think? What makes you think about your thinking? What does reasoning look like? With links to classroom practice and examples of effective teaching throughout, this book not only provides an exploration of what reasoning is and why it’s important - it also show you how to develop children’s reasoning skills in your classroom.

A toolkit of ideas to promote a culture of reasoning

A toolkit of ideas to promote a culture of reasoning
A toolkit of ideas to promote a culture of reasoning
In this chapter

By the end of this chapter you will:

  • know how to develop a culture of reasoning across the school;
  • have a toolkit of ideas to use with all stakeholders across the school;
  • be inspired to promote reasoning across the school.
Introduction

Understanding is not something that anyone should tick off as ‘completed’. Just when you think you understand, something else appears that offers another challenge. This is one of the reasons that the term ‘mastery’ often causes confusion and ambiguity. The term mastery suggests that if we have mastered something, this body of knowledge is complete. We would argue that a key element of true mastery is the ...

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