Magazine article Mathematics Teaching

Thinking Mathematically Everyday

Magazine article Mathematics Teaching

Thinking Mathematically Everyday

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Introduction

This booklet is for Year 3 children and three tasks have been chosen, on Number, Geometry and Statistics, to show how they can work in a Year 3 classroom. They are linked to the programme of study (POS) for the year group.

There are ideas for support and extension as well as images to help the children think about the tasks. These tasks show that there is no need to teach fluency, reasoning and problem solving separately from the rest of the curriculum. Content can be introduced, developed and practised through learners working on these tasks. Having seen how that can work with these particular tasks you ļ can use the generic questions and prompts when learners are working on other I tasks. These may be from other ATM publications or websites such as NRICH.

The ideas and prompts are given for promoting conceptual understanding and these are separate from those for reasoning and those for problem solving.

You can decide whether you want to focus on developing understanding, reasoning or problem solving at that particular moment. However, whichever you choose it will also develop the other two - an active brain, making sense of mathematics, will naturally progress in all three aspects.

This booklet is one of a series for each of years one to six to inspire teachers to embed reasoning, problem solving and conceptual fluency in all of their lessons.

1 - FINDING FRACTIONS

POS statement(s)

Y3 recognise, And and write fractions of a discrete set of objects: unit fractions and non-unit fractions with small denominators. …

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