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Get to Grips with Modern Maths

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‘That’s not how I was taught at school!’

Has your child brought home homework that looks very different to how you were taught at school? Have you tried supporting your child with their homework only to leave them more confused? Check out this Blog to get the lowdown on how Maths is taught in Primary schools today…so you can support your child to ace everything from fractions to formulas with confidence!

Back to Basics

Cast your mind back to when you were at school sitting in a Maths class. Can you remember the approach? One size fits all? Lots of tests and not too much active teaching ?! Can you remember your feelings around Maths? In the past, the approach to teaching Maths was very much focused on teaching a sequence of steps to solve a problem. If you were taught in this way, you may remember learning “rules” for solving problems. It wasn’t always the easiest way to learn, that’s for sure!

Be careful!

No matter how tempting it is to adopt the role of the expert (especially if you are feeling far from it!) when you are supporting your child with their homework, be careful not to use the approach you were taught at school. This approach simply isn’t helpful as it focuses more on rules rather than understanding. Children rely on the adult to show them methods, instead of opportunities to explore with Maths and make their own discoveries.

So what is the process and how can I support my child with their Maths homework?

Instead of simply following the rules, children are taught today using a concrete-pictorial- abstract process (CPA) Children (and adults!) can find Maths difficult because it is abstract. The CPA approach builds on children’s existing knowledge by introducing abstract concepts in a concrete and tangible way . It involves moving from concrete materials (think cubes, counters, objects, numicon), to pictorial representations (you might have heard of cherry models and bar models), to abstract symbols and problems. 

There is an emphasis on children understanding the concept and the process, as opposed to following steps to get a final answer.

Allowing children to make their own connections proves to develop a deep and lasting understanding

This approach works so well in our tutoring sessions and can help you too!

Being able to choose the most efficient method is important and we are 100% focused on this in our sessions. Supporting children to become mathematical thinkers and to calculate with confidence.

Book a FREE discovery call with us to get started today or to get to grips with Modern Maths and find out simple ways to support your child with Maths at home, check out our latest Parent Guide.

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