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Derek Haylock
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20 July 2010 1848601972 978-1848601970 Fourth Edition

This Fourth Edition of Derek Haylock's much loved textbook has been fully revised and restructured to match the current Attainment Targets for mathematics in England. Every chapter is written in a way that integrates children’s learning, classroom practice and the teacher’s own requirements for subject knowledge, making this the ideal text for primary PGCE courses.

Features in the new edition include:

  • two new chapters on mathematics in the primary curriculum and learning to learn mathematics
  • more prominence given to using and applying mathematics
  • sections matching the attainment targets for mathematics
  • more learning and teaching points highlighted throughout the text
  • further material on number, risk, use of ICT, graphs and data-handling.
  • a research focus in every chapter.

Additional online support
The companion website  provides a glossary and additional material to enable primary trainees to prepare with confidence for the ITT Numeracy test, and provides details of how each chapter of the book is linked to the National Curriculum. This will be updated to reflect any updates to the National Curriculum as they are introduced. 
You can also follow Derek Haylock's blog and Twitter feeds to discuss and share issues, news, policy and anything primary maths related!

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Extensively used on primary PGCE courses and undergraduate courses leading to QTS, this bestselling book is an essential resource for all trainee primary teachers.

A companion Student Workbook is also available, which:

  • provides self-assessment activities for students to check their understanding of key concepts
  • helps students to practise key mathematical processes and to apply mathematics in real-life situations
  • gives opportunities to apply their knowledge to teaching and learning.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd; Fourth Edition edition (20 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848601972
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848601970
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 18.5 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,360 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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More About the Author

Derek Haylock is an education consultant and writer in the field of mathematics education, with many years of experience in primary teacher training. He has taught mathematics to all ages from foundation stage to university level, and established himself as a highly respected mathematician working in the primary field. His much-loved textbook, MATHEMATICS EXPLAINED FOR PRIMARY TEACHERS publishes in its 5th edition in Summer 2014, fully revised and updated to take into account recent developments in primary school mathematics.
This fifth edition comes with FREE access to the interactive eBook and a wealth of extra resources that are available either through the interactive eBook or the companion website. To preview some sample resources, take a look at the companion website
Derek is fanatical about cricket, plays the trumpet and is Chairman of a UK charity supporting the Dohnavur Fellowship, which provides care and education for children in India.

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About the Author

Derek Haylock is an education consultant and writer in the field of mathematics education. He is a Senior Fellow in Education at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, where he worked for over 30 years in primary teacher training and in education research. He is a major author in education, with a large number of published books and chapters in books. His best-selling Mathematics Explained for Primary Teachers (Sage) has been the leader in the field for many years, with a fourth edition published in 2010. Derek’s work is characterized by a commitment to explain mathematics in simple and accessible ways and to enable the subject to be taught and learnt with understanding and confidence. He is married, with two grown-up daughters and three grandsons. Outside of mathematics, he is a Free Church elder, plays the trumpet, and is passionate about classical music, cricket, walking (quickly) and cycling (slowly).

Derek Haylock has a website at:

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A happy reader. 29 Dec. 2011
By Amy Bon
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I was recommended this book by the Maths department at my University for trainee teaching. I bought the older version and I wasn't too keen on it. Now a teacher, I am finding this book much better for subject knowledge and pedagogy. However, I always find that Haylock misses out on some topics, and glosses over on some other topics that I may need to teach in depth.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Teacher training 30 Mar. 2013
By sheilab
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This to me was one of those books on a book list from uni that you feel you really need to buy. And once bought you wonder why you bought it. It's not user friendly. It needs to be set out so as a busy teacher you can quickly look up advice on different topics.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This is a brilliant book.

It is aimed at teachers looking to deepen their understanding of maths, but is just as useful for parents who are unfamiliar with modern words and styles used in their children's school work.

The book explains every topic in primary maths but, importantly, also how to explain it to others. Each topic shows several examples and also more than one way to explain each time.

The main point (and it's greatest strength) is that it teaches the 'teacher' or reader each topic independently - It teaches you the topic from scratch, not just how to explain something, to others, that you already know. For example, say that a teacher or parent doesn't have a deep understanding of how to work out percentage reductions. You can go straight to the percentages section in chapter 5, say, and have it explained in language that only assumes that you are moderately itelligent and able to learn - without needing to understand everything in chapters 1-4 first, or much about maths at all really.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Godzilla of Mathematics Texts 29 April 2011
I have been working with a number of different textbooks as I learn about Key Stage 2 mathematics. Haylock's is by far the most expansive, literate and enjoyable of my maths textbooks. The book is well designed and worth the investment for a new copy. It is true that new editions are costly -- but this Haylock is a must. It will stay with me throughout my career. Awesome monster of a book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Purchased this, but such a let down. More of a copy and paste effort from 3rd edition. Save your money and buy version 3.
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By Izzy
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I bought this when I was supply teaching at Primary schools as it was a long time since I had done much maths myself, beyond everyday stuff. The book was mostly good, except that there were several things that it didn't explain at all... some examples where it showed that the correct answer wasn't what you would expect it to be, but didn't explain WHY (which it said it would). I found this extremely frustrating, as not understanding the 'why' was what made me hate maths at school myself, and this book was supposed to help me not pass that on to the kids I was teaching. Instead I was left even more frustrated because the book did exactly what it said it wouldn't do! And I still don't understand the maths I didn't understand at school. It is a shame because it's made me not want to pick the book up again. Oh, and I got an 'A' at GCSE Maths.... go figure!
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5.0 out of 5 stars essential for trainnee teachers 8 April 2012
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without a doubt this book is a must for those teaching maths in the primary school. I am in my 2nd year of trainning and found that i used this book in all of my research and most of my essays to do with children learning maths. It is very clearly laid out with sections dealing with each aspect of primary maths. It is concise in its explainations and i feel it is a book i will be using even when in the classroom - something that you can't say about every text book bought for university! certainly worth it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 29 April 2013
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I bought this book as it was on the reading list for nearly every lecture on my GTP training course, and I'm really pleased that I did. Really helpful for brushing your subject knowledge, as well as useful sections on teaching strategies/learning theory. It's one that I think I'll keep for years to be able to dip in and out of when I'm feeling a bit rusty!
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This Mathematics handbook is brilliant!
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Hope that it does the same this year!
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This was on my reading list for my primary teaching degree at university and I bought it because maths wasn't my strongest subject at school. It is disappointing. Read more
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