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L1-3 maths in KS3

Discussion in 'Mathematics' started by Marijke, Jul 9, 2011.

  1. Marijke

    Marijke New commenter

    I was wondering if anyone could give me some advice...
    I am rewriting our KS3 SoW, now focusing on setting it up in such a way that non-specialist teachers of mathematics could (and to be fair - some of our 'specialists'), with support, help our really low achievers to get to grips with numbers. I have used the nrich curriculum planning tool for primary as my starting point but was wondering what your thoughts were. The problem is of course that I do not want to use resources aimed at KS1 for my Y7 students... I am looking in to buying the cuisenaire rods with the accompanying activity book. My HoD said I can buy 'a book'... Any recommendations greatly appreciated.
  2. waikatoriv

    waikatoriv New commenter

    I have found the base 10 (blue colured) equipment invaluable for teaching addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to individual students. On the computer, mymathsisfun.com (search for "trainer") has a great little practice area for addition, subtraction and timestables which is really excellent for improving their skills and knowledge of timestables. Sorry I don't know of a particlular book though as I use many or make up my own questions.
  3. Marijke

    Marijke New commenter

    Thank you very much for this. I will definitely look into the equipment and you are right, I do know the trainer on mathsisfun (somehow forgot about it - thanks for reminding me) and I have used it succesfully for times tables.
  4. KnightRider

    KnightRider New commenter

    Can you link up with the maths subject leader at a local primary school? A bit like I tried to link at a secondary school for ideas on what to do with my very able year 6s! A lot of people are doing the MaST course, which involves liaison across the key stages. If your LA still has a maths team, maybe they could put you in touch with someone.
    I wouldn't touch cuisinaire with a barge pole, but Dienes can be really useful (you can buy some great, giant coloured sets) and I've heard of people having good results with Numicon. It strikes me you need a good chat with someone with more experience of working with children at this level - and I'm just finishing a year of teaching bottom set year 6 maths, so children at level 2 & 3. Children of this ability need such different teaching to others - there's a real art to it.
  5. KnightRider

    KnightRider New commenter

    And look at the Learning Matters resources - I've bought them for my least able and they are age appropriate yet still at level 1-3.

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