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Category Archives: Times Tables
Much of science and economics is about the rate of change, often with time. This rate of change is the slope of a graph, spreadsheets make this easy to find. Children are taught the equation of a line at primary … Continue reading
Children must memorise times tables up to 12×12 by age 11, says UK education minister Nicky Morgan. WRONG, better to learn how to calculate times tables so you are never stuck. The problem with memorising times tables is to answer … Continue reading
In 2009 Barton Hill Primary Bristol invited Richard Dunne to help improve maths teaching for year 6. Dispatches Kids Don’t Count recorded the results. Kids Don’t Count was aired in 2 parts in February 2010. Here is part 2. The … Continue reading
There are many ways you can help your children learn times tables, folding a tape measure is one of them. In this post (and associated video) I use 3 × 5 = 15 as an example. Tape Measure Folded In … Continue reading
Sky News had an interview with Carol Vorderman today, 24 January 2013. A cynic might say it was free advertising for her latest product. Yet she said something which made my ears prick up. What was it? Studies in US … Continue reading
Here’s a really simple way to help your children or grandchildren learn the 3 and 4 times tables using their fingers. The video explains it all but for those who don’t like videos. We count moving through numbers one at … Continue reading
The Daily Mail today has a story about how maths CAN really make your head hurt, which reports on the rather more sober article in “Plos One” by Sian Beilock and Ian Lyons from University of Chicago. It seems to … Continue reading
Recently in UK Nick Herbet, the schools minister, said pupils should learn their tables by rote at primary school. A few days later it was reported teaching children maths by making them learn times tables by rote could worsen exam … Continue reading
School summer holidays are a great time for children to play free from the routine of having to go to school every weekday. Some children drop back during the long break, whilst others do not. A gap begins to open … Continue reading
So What Can You Do Once You’ve Learned Your Times Tables? The first thing is to answer questions you get asked at school by your teacher or in SATs Next you’ve got a good start with division. If you know … Continue reading