I vividly recall maths lessons as a child. I was in the bottom set and I remember a general feeling of bafflement as it appeared to me that others seemed to know what to do while tasks remained a mystery to me. I don’t remember anything being explained and years later as an NQT, reading the numeracy strategy unit plans, I had a moment of realisation that there were ways of calculating in your head. In your head! All I’d known was formal written methods. For everything! What I needed whilst at school was to be let in to the secret of how to do maths.
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