To celebrate the launch of our NEW range, we’ve had some of our top resources reviewed by industry experts. To start this series of expert blogs, we sent our new and own developed Maths publication, ‘Mastering Fractions, Decimals and Percentages’ to Maths consultant and former teacher Amy Sinclair.
Amy is a mathematics consultant who travels the country running CPD courses for primary teachers. She taught in a variety of Scottish schools before working at local authority and national level supporting schools in developing good practice. She was part of the writing team for Curriculum for Excellence and has written publications on active learning in maths. She is passionate about engaging pupils in Maths through creative, active learning opportunities.
Visit www.activelearninginmaths.co.uk to find out more about Amy
Mastering Fractions, Decimals and Percentages is a helpful guide that suggests the key principles that underpin FDP master and offers a structured, developmental pathway for FDP learning and teaching, based on the National Curriculum. Here is what Amy had to say…..
“This guide addresses a topic which many teachers find tricky to teach. It is good to see the content broken down into a clear progression from year 1 to year 6. This would be helpful for teachers who lack confidence in teaching maths as it explains each concept clearly, how it relates to previous skills and common problems and misconceptions children may have. It has useful examples throughout to help you understand the concepts.
This focuses on teacher knowledge and understanding rather than ideas for classroom activities but would be a good starting point to plan for this difficult and important topic.
What makes this book innovative, is that whilst many resources focus on the activities to use in the classroom, this focuses on a deep understanding of the topic for the teacher so they can plan effectively for their learners. It would also be beneficial to use this as a diagnostic tool for children who are finding this topic challenging. You could look at all the previous conceptual steps and use this to identify the gaps in their learning journey.
‘Mastering Fractions, Decimals and Percentages’ is very good value for the price. It could be accessed by staff from year 1 to 6 and would be a useful resource to discuss as a staff to plan progression across the stages.”
P.s Don’t forget to keep an eye out for the rest of our expert review blog series!