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Maths information for parents


There may be nothing as certain as a number, but the way children are taught to handle them has changed.

As any parent of a primary age child knows, pupils come home with an array of new strategies in their homework books and terms in their brains to help them tackle their maths homework.

Number lines and number grids have replaced counting on your hands, and perplexing terms like chunking and partitioning represent the new ways of tackling arithmetic in schools.

Modern maths teaching focuses on the key concepts, and a renewed emphasis on mental methods and strategies as opposed to recall.

The 2 powerpoint presentations under Related links explain various ways children are taught maths. Within the powerpoint, you can click on various tutorials which models various strategies taught in schools. At the end of the powerpoint there are various resources that you can access for more information regarding the teaching of mathematics in schools.