Using resources effectively is key to supporting children's mathematical learning. This idea is supported by the Primary Strategy, recent initiatives such as Excellence and Enjoyment and the growing emphasis on the need to develop children's thinking skills. This book explores how teachers can use resources effectively and so aid children in their mathematical problem-solving, reasoning and communication.
Doreen Drews is a Principal Lecturer in Primary Mathematics at St Martin's College and has taught extensively within the Foundation Stage, Key Stage One and Key Stage Two. She was a mathematics advisory teacher for four years before joining St Martin's and has a particular interest in early years mathematics. Alice Hansen is the Director of Children Count Ltd where she is educational consultant. Her work includes running professional development courses and events for teachers and teacher trainers, research and publishing. Alice has worked in education in England and abroad. Prior to her current work she was a primary mathematics tutor and the programme leader for a full-time primary PGCE programme at a large university in England.
Introduction Children's mathematical thinking Do resources matter in primary mathematics teaching and learning? Using models and images to support children's mathematical thinking Designing resources to develop logic and reasoning Adapting resources for children with specific needs Cross-curricular resources to develop mathematical thinking The environment and the outdoor classroom as a mathematical resource Exploiting interactive whiteboard technologies to support the development of mathematical thinking Glossary Objectives index Index