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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on 11 September 2006
I was lent this book by my son's teacher because I wanted a better understanding of what he was being taught in maths in order to help him at home. I really enjoyed reading it, revising things I'd forgetten and understanding the current approachs to teaching arithmetic in particular.

It has helped me to practice maths with my children and has also made me more personally appreciative and confident in the subject.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 24 November 2006
After teaching primary maths for 14 years, and being the KS2 maths subject leader for 13 of those, I have no hesitation in rating this easily the best book I have ever read on the subject. Forget all those expensive courses, and trying to negotiate the endless tweaking of the NNS, save money by using this book to deliver a series of INSETs. Unbeatable value!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 13 April 2008
This book is a must for trainee teachers lacking confidence with their maths knowledge and teaching. The author empathises with the trepidation of maths, and offers clear and simple explanations. The chapters are clearly divided for when you need that quick knowledge top-up when lesson planning, and the self-test questions are a great confidence boost! The book also offers techniques that complement the new NNS teaching strategies (e.g. partitioning, multiplication grids etc).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 24 May 2010
Excellent book for anyone thinking of going into teaching and want to brush up on their maths at primary level. The cd rom that accompanies the book is really useful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 22 November 2009
Excellent and useful aid for those in their third year of BA leading to QTS.
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50 of 61 people found the following review helpful
on 15 August 2009
After so much praise for this book, I must enter a note of dissent. I have given it two stars for its knowledge of mathematics and terminology. I think, though, that its recommendations for teaching are at the heart of many of the problems currently encountered in primary mathematics. In particular, it does too little to help teachers establish the basic number skills on which more advanced calculations depend, and its outright refusal even to explain the basis of long division, suggesting it should be left entirely to calculators, is a serious shortcoming - whether or not the author recommends the technique, it is inexcusable for teachers not even to know about it. Similarly, while the author says that, to be able to "know thoroughly and can recall instantly" multiplication tables up to 10x10 (p87) he does not give teachers guidance on how to achieve this.

The children I teach have problems with the elements of mathematics that this book either mentions in passing or does not teach at all. All of the other children and adults I've helped with mathematics over the past thirty years have had the same problem. I recommend this book for its explanations of terminology and of current teaching practices - with the proviso that current teaching practices are a major part of our problems.

John Bald
Independent Educational Consultant and former Ofsted lead inspector.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 18 October 2009
Having felt really negative towards Mathematics at school, it was the one subject I was terrifed of having to teach. Having read this book I realise I just didn't understand the concept behind the maths I was learning whilst at school and now feel much more confident.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 18 May 2008
This is the book to buy on teaching this subject. It is clearly written, beautifully laid out and provides self assessment exercises to work through in order to clarify what has just been read. There are more provided on the cd rom at the back of the book too. If you are teaching this subject for the first time, moving up or down years or simply want to refresh your knowledge and rekindle your enthusiasm then this is the book for you.
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on 5 June 2011
I was rubbish at maths, my daughter too. I don't want her daughter to carry on the tradition so I was looking for a book that would help us demystify maths for the littl'un. as she is prone to withdraw from any new experience. I hope I have found the book though I also have been given the job for my sins. I already give her loads of counting pracice- seconds to measure short periods of time being one of our favourite. The book illustrates mathematical processes depend on the step below. Thankyou for the book. I hope I can work through it all
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 November 2009
There's nothing much to say apart from it's a book we were told to buy. It has all the basic information you need and it very useful.
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