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Getting to Grips with Word Problems
Is the language of maths
causing problems for your pupils?
Many children are able to cope in maths when
asked to do calculations, but struggle when the same calculations are
presented as written problems. For this reason, word problems are perhaps
one of the least popular and most difficult aspects of primary mathematics.
Getting to Grips with Word Problems provides a structured approach to
help such pupils. Starting with the four main operations, pupils work
through a format that not only trains them to think carefully about the way
in which a problem can be attacked, but also promotes success before moving
on to more challenging chapters. Each of the following chapters begins with
a ‘Getting to Grips with’ section which helps to explain the concepts
involved, followed by ‘Solve It’ sections with contextual questions for
pupils to work through. The chapters deal with such concepts as decimals,
percentages, fractions, money, averages and measurement – topics which
pupils of all abilities may struggle with from time to time.
in a Row: Time & Money
There are many
resources to teach children time and money . . . but not many that are
quite so interesting and unusual as this.
Based on the game Connect 4, this is a genuinely brilliant idea to get
children working with seconds, minutes and hours, relating analogue and
digital times, changing 12 hour times to 24 hour times; adding,
subtracting and dividing coins, working out percentages . . . all in a
simple games format they will play endlessly!
That’s quite a bold claim . . . but we’ve done it before with the
original Four in a Row (see below) and we know just how
successful it was at engaging children. Our customers who are big fans
of Four in a Row prompted us to do a Time and Money version –
hence this edition.
The book is divided into two sections (obviously!), each dealing with
time and money. Each section is broken down into several subsections
designed to improve understanding, gradually increasing levels of
difficulty. Suitable for primary (and children struggling with these
skills in secondary), the book contains hundreds of photocopiable master
sheets (114 pages).
Four in a Row
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"That's the best £10 I spent last
year" so said a teacher at this year's London
This is a genuinely brilliant idea
and the children you teach will love you for getting it. Give it
a try for just £10. If parents are looking for a way to get
their children to do maths at home ... then look no further.
So what is it? It's a 'game' that
reinforces number relationships. It's a game of mental maths
with very simple rules that children get to grips with very
easily. It's suitable for primary and contains 130 photocopiable
Word Problems: The Language of Maths
Read reviews of this book
across this ... children can do calculations – the mechanical
aspect – but put the problem into a written context and you will
frequently hear, ‘Is it an add or a take away?'
gradual and structured approach, this makes makes a
traditionally difficult aspect of mathematics much more
accessible and comprehensible.
This product is now supplied by the Maths Zone
What the reviewers say
1) Target Maths is a real thinking activity that is stimulating, highly
addictive and a handy resource as part of a maths toolkit.
ability levels are catered for and the sets offer excellent value for
3) Target Maths is an extremely useful
tool in the teaching of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
It fulfils several needs at very different levels by providing small-step
progress for the less able, by boosting the self-esteem of children who have
emotional/behavioural difficulties, and by challenging the more able
children, while at the same time encouraging improved group relationships
and, very importantly, making learning fun! I thoroughly recommend
Well, we could go on and on
enthusing about this amazing resource, but why not just give it
a try. Available from the Maths Zone.
More details below.
Problem Solving, Reasoning & Numeracy
At a very early age, children are beginning to grasp
mathematical ‘concepts’ as they endeavour to make sense of the world. In
this book, Hannah Mortimer explains these early stages of development
and provides practical examples of how early years workers can support
and encourage early number work. From the child’s first year, through
toddlerhood, the under threes and the Foundation Stage, examples are
given that will help you both understand and support children’s
Quick Cards: Number Operations
Usual price £10
Special offer £7.50 (post FREE)
An excellent way of doing mental
The advantage of Quick Cards is that the
activity can be carried out independently by pairs of children. Pupils
get immediate feedback on their responses. As far as the teacher is
concerned, no preparation or marking are required. The pages have been
laid out in such a way that the purchasing school can photocopy the
sheets, laminate them (if you wish) and cut them into individual cards.
The contents include: doubles and near
doubles within 20; addition within 20; subtraction within 20; doubling
and halving; multiplication to 10 x 10; division with no remainders;
division with remainders; subtract single digit from multiple of 100;
subtract 1 digit from 3 digit number bridging the 100; subtract single
digit from multiple of 1000; adding decimals - whole number answer;
adding decimals - units and tenths.
Time, Money, Approximation, Estimation
Usual price £10
£7.50 (post FREE)
The format is the same as Quick Cards for
Mental Maths: Number Operations (see above).
The contents of this book include:
calendar knowledge; calendar dates; making 60; analogue to digital time;
simple durations; 12 and 24 hour clock times; making £1; rounding to the
nearest 10 (within 200); rounding to the nearest 100 (4 digits);
estimation of 3-digit number divided by 1 digit.
An excellent and very popular resource to
have in the classroom.
A fantastic resource to encourage children
Designed to help children with SEN
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target number using all numbers on the card.
You can add, subtract, multiply or divide. You must use all
numbers, but use each number only once.
There are five sets of cards each at different levels of difficulty.
Each set comprises 120 double-sided cards. Cards use all four
operations. It can be played by an individual ... ‘how many can you
solve in 5 minutes?’ ... in pairs, or in groups. This is the most
versatile, practical and effective maths activity currently available.
• Does it require any preparation?
No. Solutions are provided in the Solutions Sheet.
• Does it need much supervision?
No. The rules are very simple and experience shows that children find
these challenging and enjoyable.
• Are all abilities catered for?
Yes. The activites are carefully graded.
Set 1 – only three numbers are used – *suitable
for Years 4 and 5.
Set 2 – four single digits are used (see example above) –
suitable for Years 5 and 6.
Set 3 – four single and double digit numbers are used – suitable
for Years 6 and 7.
Set 4 – fractions are introduced – suitable for Years 6 and 7.
Set 5 – By using a ‘?’ to complete the solution, the level of
difficulty can be carefully managed. For example: “Take a card and see
if all the numbers from 1 to 10 in place of the ‘?’ will give a
solution.” Alternatively, suggest the use of just addition and
subtraction at a lower level. This set is suitable for all ages.
(* age groups are supplied as a rough guide only)