This book provides up to date information on the primary mathematics curriculum, supporting learners in understanding, using and applying the mathematical skills they are taught.
About the Author
Sara Fielder is a freelance education consultant with a background in teaching and in advising schools on mathematics training. She now organises and runs induction training for teaching assistants new to the profession.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 What is numeracy?
What does it mean to be numerate?
Numeracy and mathematics, mathematics and numeracy
What is taught as 'mathematics'?
So what is your role within the lesson?
Blocks of work
The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum
Looking at the levels of attainment
Supporting children working below level 1
Chapter 2 Key mathematical skills
Progression in mathematics
Understanding and application of counting
Understanding and application of the position of numbers
Memory and retention
Individual and group education plans
Ideas for activities
Chapter 3 Working with the teacher
Your role in the mathematics lesson
The mental and oral part of the lesson
The main part of the lesson
Using the teacher's planning
Assessing pupils' learning
Marking pupils' work
Ways of feeding back to the teacher
Chapter 4 The effective use of resources
A feel for number the 'fiveness' of five
Recognition of the written number
Number tracks and squares
A blank or empty number line
An understanding of place value
Making a resources 'kit'
Using ICT to motivate learners
Chapter 5 Using intervention materials
What is differentiation?
Identifying specific learning difficulties in mathematics
Published support/differentiated materials
Supporting low attainers using Wave 3 materials
Supporting EAL learners
Chapter 6 The art of questioning speaking and listening
The importance of questioning
The use of open and closed questions
Turning a question into a problem to be solved
Using role play
Speaking and listening strategies
Chapter 7 Towards an effective written calculation method
Methods for calculation
Written methods for addition
Chapter 8 Working with more able mathematicians
Your role as TA
Asking the right questions
Talking through and answering questions
Acceleration, enrichment and extension
Types of enrichment activities
Chapter 9 Resources
General qualifications and courses
Mathematics-specific training when supporting children
Mathematics-specific training for yourself
Published materials and websites
Glossary of terms