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Are you an inchworm or a grasshopper?
There is an analogy in maths teaching which asks ‘are you an inchworm or a grasshopper?’ Are you an inchworm or a grasshopper? ‘What is an inchworm?’ Now for us Brits, the first question is actually ‘what is an inchworm?’ So just to fill that in straight away for you they are one of those caterpillars that move forward by arching and straightening its body ‘an inch at a time.’ So what have these two …
Is your child struggling with learning or remembering their times tables?
Is your child struggling with learning or remembering their times tables? Do you want some tips of how to help them? The age at which children are expected to be fluent and have instant recall of all their times tables up to 12×12 has in recent years gone down to Year 4, as compulsory timed tests have been introduced for Year 4. Now don’t get me started on timed tests! Needless to say, I do …
A guide for parents to prepare their children for school
How to prepare for a return to school if you or your child are anxious? A guide for parents to prepare their children for school. Life has been so different for everyone this year and so full of change and continually changing rules and regulations. They haven’t seen their friends much if at all, missed out on so much. Not being able to see grandparents has had a terrible effect on both the children and …
Primary Maths Catch Up
Primary Maths Catch Up This Primary Maths Catch Up course is for you as a parent to use to learn techniques and strategies to then use with your child. I will be teaching you how to then teach your child. I won't be directly teaching them myself. The course has been designed and developed by me based on activities and teaching that I have done with my own one-to-one tutoring pupils and that have worked …
Why board games are good for your brain
Kickstarting maths ability by playing old-style games  Playing card games Why board games are good for your brain. One theory as to why more children seem to be struggling with certain aspects of number in maths is that as families we don’t sit and play board games or other counting games nearly as much as in previous generations.  Nowadays, children play exciting, colourful interactive games on tablets, phones and laptops at very young ages, and …
10 top tips to help overcome maths anxiety in your child!
These are some of the most common signs that your child may have maths anxiety: 10 top tips to help overcome maths anxiety in your child! obviously upsetnervous habits like rubbing eyes or fidgetingtantrumstearsavoidance tactics like wanting the toilet or a drink or having broken pencil or not the right equipment …poor behaviourangerfrustrationunder-attainmentpoor working memorylack of confidencepassive behaviour (not joining in just letting it all pass them by)not wanting to do homeworkhelplessness If any of …
How can we overcome the maths anxiety?
Maths Anxiety in numbers by Pearson How can we overcome the maths anxiety? Maths anxiety and the need to start at the ground level and build up maths skills, knowledge and understanding are completely tied together. Because of this, I have designed and developed Primary Maths Catch Up to both start at the beginning, but also reduce anxiety. As you can see from the infographic ‘Maths anxiety in numbers’, the level of maths anxiety is …
What is it like to be a parent of a child with maths anxiety?
We all worry about our children and the anxiety they now have. What is it like to be a parent of a child with maths anxiety? But maths doesn't need to be the cause of any extra anxiety at the moment.Are you and your child totally fed up with worksheets? Worksheets that just don't hit the mark or help? When our children are upset, we are upset. To see our children struggling and failing to …