Written for support staff, this book offers tested numeracy strategies for working with students and provides tools for expanding a staff member’s own subject knowledge.



This chapter will help you to:

  • consolidate your knowledge of place value and the four operations
  • consolidate your knowledge of and the links between fractions, decimals, percentages, ratio and proportion
  • recognise and address some of the common difficulties children encounter in the learning of these areas

This chapter will identify the key ideas and common misconceptions that children have in number, along with practical suggestions on how to address these. The main areas considered will be:

  • place value and the number system;
  • counting;
  • four operations (+,–, ×, ÷)
    • standard algorithms
    • children's own methods;
  • the relationship between fractions, decimals, percentages and ratio.

This chapter has a very wide brief and these areas of mathematics could easily constitute a whole book. Those who need more personal study to be confident using number should see ...

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