Mathematics Explained for Primary Teachers

Mathematics Explained for Primary Teachers

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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
  • 188 x 235 x 20mm | 859.99g
  • Sage Publications Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 4th Revised edition
  • black & white illustrations, colour illustrations, figures
  • 1848601972
  • 9781848601970
  • 18,651

Table of contents

Primary Teachers' Insecurity about Mathematics
Mathematics in the Primary Curriculum
Learning to Learn Mathematics
Key Processes in Mathematical Reasoning
Modelling and Problem Solving
Number and Place Value
Addition and Subtraction Structures
Mental Strategies for Addition and Subtraction
Written Methods for Addition and Subtraction
Multiplication and Division Structures
Mental Strategies for Multiplication and Division
Written Methods for Multiplication and Division
Remainders and Rounding
Multiples, Factors and Primes
Squares, Cubes and Number Shapes
Integers: Positive and Negative
Fractions and Ratios
Calculations with Decimals
Proportions and Percentages
Co-Ordinates and Linear Relationships
Transformations and Symmetry
Classifying Shapes
Perimeter, Area and Volume
Handling Data
Comparing Sets of Data
Answers to Self-Assessment Questions
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About Derek Haylock

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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