# Key Stage 2 Maths: how do I use manipulatives to teach Fractions?

By Matt Ellis, Assistant Headteacher and Maths Lead at Eastfield Primary School. Teaching new areas of maths, especially fractions, can be a printing nightmare in schools, as we teachers often use images to support understanding. But do all these printed visuals actually support and scaffold learning for all children? At our school, we believe that […]

# Revising, rehearsing, and gaining facility

The fast-approaching Christmas break is often a period of revision for students – some may be preparing for mock exams and others taking time to recap topics covered in their first term. At this point, I find myself asking what it is all for, and how revision might be transformed into learning for the longer […]

# Partially Fractious

Even now I remember how odd it felt when, at A-level, we had to find partial fractions. Instead of solving for x, we had to solve for the numerators of the partial fractions. I don’t remember it ever being explained that we were finding coefficients, the parameters of an equivalent way to write the given […]

# Exercise is good for you

‘Practice makes perfect’ is a commonplace phrase, but like most commonplace phrases, it is an over simplification. Certainly an expert has to put in lots and lots of practice, but the psychology of successful exercising involves a particular flow of energy. The mathematics has, in some way, to inspire the learner to want to practice. […]

# Fractional Powers

One aside on fractional indices, from a friend.  When teaching about expressions such as the one above he draws a picture of a flower.  The roots go down below the ground (the line) and the 2 in the power is below the line so 2 represents the root.  Then he spins a long tale about […]