Ailsa Martin, teacher at...
- Education Professionals
During the first term in Key Stage 1, many children have problems with place value. Springfield School in Jersey is pioneering a new teaching method. Teachers identify, for example, 2,000 as a numeral two followed by the word thousand. Children add this technique to their "maths stories".
They do the same with hundreds, working up to tens, using the word "ty". Words are adjusted so they don't obscure the logic of the maths. Twenty one is "two-ty-one", thirty two is "three-ty-two".
The pupils can add two-ty and three-ty effortlessly. They are introduced to higher numbers, like "four-ty-six" using flashcards. A six is placed over the zero of 40 so that the 0 is obscured, helping pupils visualise that 46 is actually 40 and six.
Part of the series: Primary TAs