Some of the methods and models used in primary maths are different now from when I was at school – how do I find out more?
A good place to start is directly with the school, many have this information on their website, or you can contact your child’s teacher. The school may also run maths evenings for parents, so get in touch with them to find out more. The Maths Factor has also provided some information about some of these methods and models which you can see here.
How can I make maths fun?
There are lots of ways to bring maths in to daily games and activities including measuring when baking, adding up shopping prices and playing games like dominoes. Have a look at this guide provided by Pearson that provides some fun ideas for each primary age group.
I’ve heard about a growth mindset, but what is it?
Carol Dweck is a Psychologist from America, and her groundbreaking work has had a huge impact on educational practice (Dweck, 2007). Her research shows that everyone has a mindset – an idea about their own potential which determines their beliefs and behaviours. Those with a growth mindset believe that hard work, effort and commitment contribute towards success – it is within everyone’s power to do well and to succeed. Studies have repeatedly shown that learners with a growth mindset achieve more in school and later on in life. Read more here.
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