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

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  • 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.