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Issues in teaching numeracy in primary schools

Issues in teaching numeracy in primary schools

Thompson, Ian (Frederick Ian)

Issues in Teaching Numeracy in Primary Schoolsis a bestselling guide for all trainee and practising primary school teachers, classroom assistants and mathematics specialist teachers. It provides an accessible guide to a wide range of research evidence about teaching and learning mathematics. Major changes in the primary mathematics curriculum in recent years - such as those recommended in the National Numeracy Strategy, the Primary National Strategy, the Early Years Foundation Stage, the Williams, Rose and Alexander Reviews - are reflected throughout the book. The new edition comprises fourteen new chapters, including a section devoted to post-Williams issues and four popular chapters that have been retained and updated in light of the vast changes in the field. Key topics include: Using resources, ICT, AfL and problem solving approaches effectively Learning from errors and misconceptions Developing mental and written calculation The 'gifted and talented' Transition from EYFS into Key Stage 1 Intervention and the Every Child Counts programme This popular book is essential reading for all trainee and practising primary school teachers, classroom assistants and mathematics specialist teachers. The chapters can be read in a standalone fashion and many are cross-referenced to other parts of the book where specific ideas are dealt with in a different manner. Contributors:Mike Askew, Patrick Barmby, Meindert Beishuizen, Margaret Brown, Kev Delaney, Nick Dowrick, Sylvia Dunn, Richard English, Sue Gifford, Tony Harries, Steve Higgins, Jeremy Hodgen, Louise Matthews, Frank Monaghan, Mike Ollerton, Julie Ryan, Ian Thompson, John Threlfall, Julian Williams, Jan Winter

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2nd ed.
Published Maidenhead: Open University Press, 2010
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Statement of responsibility: edited by Ian Thompson
ISBN: 0335241549, 9780335241538, 9780335241545
Note: Previous ed.: 1999.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: xvi, 252 p. : ill.
Subject: Numeracy; Numeracy Study and teaching (Elementary); Primary education; Mathematics education
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Dawson Books. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Other formats: Also available in printed form.


  1. Part 1: Setting the context
  2. Swings and roundabouts
  3. Part 2: Post-Williams issues
  4. It ain't just what you do: Effective teachers of numeracyTeaching for understanding/Understanding for teachingThinking aloud means talking allowed: Group work in the primary school mathematics classroomMaking connections: Teachers and children using resources effectivelyUsing problem solving approaches to learn mathematicsPost-Williams: The role of ICTShaking the Foundations: Does the Early Years Foundation Stage provide a secure basis for early mathematics?Home-school knowledge exchange
  5. Part 3: Assessment issues
  6. AfL and APPChildren's mathematical understanding as a 'work-in-progress': Learning from errors and misconceptions
  7. Part 4: Calculation issues
  8. Getting your head around mental calculationThe empty number lineWritten calculation: Addition and subtractionProgression in the teaching of multiplicationProgression in the teaching of division
  9. Part 5: Special needs issues
  10. Numbers Count: Developing a national approach to early interventionThe 'gifted and talented'

Author note

Ian Thompsonis Visiting Professor at Edge Hill University, UK, and was a member of the Advisory Group for the National Numeracy Strategy, to which he was seconded for two years.