Category Archives: Teaching

Number Talks – Resource Update

A number of schools this year have had training from me on the use of Number Talks – if you’re not yet using these then the are a great compliment to your teaching for a wide range of reasons.  There … Continue reading

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Making sense of maths… through stories

I wrote this post back in November last year: Books galore and it’s all mathematical and just wanted to follow up on it with a couple of more specific stories that people might like to try in their own settings. … Continue reading

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Our new YouTube Channel and its first video… a game with Numicon!

I’m really excited to have finally launched the Highland Numeracy and Maths YouTube Channel.  There is just one video on it at the moment but hopefully over time it will be populated with lots more including ideas for games (like … Continue reading

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Another site with digital manipulatives!

I stand by the fact that it is better for pupils to be able to use and manipulate concrete materials themselves (as opposed to just seeing/using digital versions of these) however the digital versions are handy particularly when you’re trying … Continue reading

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Textbooks as a tool for learning

Many schools who have worked with any of the previous Numeracy Development Officers will know that the use of textbooks when they are used in the form of ‘today we’re on p.23 and tomorrow we’ll be doing p.24’ is discouraged … Continue reading

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Ideas with Numicon and other manipulatives

Thanks to all those who attended the Numicon workshop today and also for Numicon for coming along to deliver it for us.  It was very well received and people seemed to be armed with ideas when they left.  (A few … Continue reading

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Free visual learning apps to support conceptual understanding

The teaching model (using materials, then screening them before progressing on to using numbers alone) is a key feature of the Highland Numeracy Progression and is used to support conceptual understanding.  Other ‘schemes’ or ‘programmes’ sometimes refer to this as … Continue reading

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