We learn a lot in the sessions - but we also have fun. I try to make things as practical as possible - multi-sensory teaching is the key to helping children remember concepts and learn new things.
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Back to what I do: several of my students have problems grasping fractions. I bought some apples from nearby Sainsbury's, remembered the knife and chopping board, and we started investigating fractions! That evening I made an apple crumble :-)
Using practical apparatus for adding tens and units.
Here we are doing division with the frogs and sharing the 'cheese' out. This piccy represents 25 divided by 5. We can see that each frog gets 5 bits of cheese!
I like to use cuisenaire rods - each coloured rod represents a number. Here we explore doubling numbers up to 20.
Finally, here's a video made of the 6 x table. 'Nic2' is an 11 year old student struggling to learn the times tables. We used the rhyming dictionary to find words to rhyme with the answers to the table. For example: '4 x 6 knocking at the door; 4 x 6 is 24'. This is her animation and it starts with her drumming the rhythm on the desk! There's also some free music at the end made on the keyboard!
Maths can be fun. Hopefully I can make it seem less scary and stressful.
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