What is it?
As a secondary teacher, I’m always impressed by the breadth and depth of topics and concepts children learn at primary. Making an effort to find out more about primary maths has had two big benefits. Firstly, I’ve a greater understanding of what maths my KS3 students have experienced, so I can start teaching them from where they actually are, rather than where I thought they would be.
Secondly, it gives me a whole new world of resources to download, adapt and use in my lessons. This decimal and place value resource is an example of that. It is an entire unit of work with activities, questions, prompts, teacher notes, supporting materials and more.
How can it be used?
This resource is an essential planning tool. It moves us towards thinking about teaching across a sequence of lessons, rather than in single lesson units.
And everything you could need is here. I have found that planning with the end goal in mind is useful for structuring my thoughts and lessons, so the selection of destination questions, which are signposted throughout the document, are very helpful. Examples include:
- Kate rounded a number to the nearest whole number and the answer was 4. Which numbers, with 2 decimal places, could she have started with?
- Which calculations are complements to 1?
0.15 + 0.75
0.23 + 0.47
0.99 + 0.1
0.05 + 0.95
There are also speaking frames and games on digit placement and decimal range, making this a hugely valuable collection of resources.
Craig Barton was speaking to Heather Charles. He is a secondary maths teacher in the north of England.