I started this blog to help me to help my children with their maths homework. I’d last studied maths back in the seventies when I achieved grade ‘A’ (no such thing as ‘A star’ back then!) Maths ‘O-Level’. It was a bit of a surprise to find I sometimes struggled to help my teenage children with their Key Stage 3 (the stage before GCSE’s) maths homework.
I wasn’t sure if I should blame my memory or changes to the syllabus. I decided to find out. I ordered a Maths GCSE textbook and set about getting back up to speed. I soon discovered that I had forgotten a lot — even “simple” things like how to add, subtract, multiple and divide fractions. I’ve been using this blog to make my own study notes as I work my way through the GCSE syllabus (see index of my GCSE notes here).
As I researched Maths it was clear that many students either struggle with or, like me, forget some of the basics such as times tables or fractions. I made some simple videos (mostly less than two minutes) covering:
I’m also interested in how maths and numeracy is taught in primary school and in the first years of secondary/comprehensive schools. Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 all lay foundations for Maths GCSE. Here’s the index of Primary School content on this blog. I will add more content– especially about numeracy teaching methods at Primary Schools.
At one point, I thought I would take Maths GCSE as a mature student/private candidate. I investigated the steps you have to follow– how you find an exam centre, how you apply, timetable and costs.
I will be adding more and more content to this blog including Key Stages 1 through 3, Maths GCSE, taking Maths GCSE as a private candidate, more videos, resources (such as the MyMaths website and the online resources of the Khan Academy), maths teaching methods, government policy and maths, resources to help parents to help their children with maths and anything else that comes up on my maths radar! I will also add a forum so that students, mature students and parents may share information, ask questions and help each other.
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