Focus on the least easy to remember maths

Is your child always hesitating at 7 x 8, or stumbling when it comes to dividing 1/4 by 1/3?

There’s a good case to focus on the really difficult maths which children have to deal with as part of their education.

On paper or whiteboard, ask a child to write down the most difficult calculations twice a day until it has not only been remembered, but understood.

This is what we mean by repetition and variation.

Repetition & variation with fractions

If a child is having problems with 1/4 of 1/6, then repeat the method over and over until they can copy you (that’s the repetition part).

Then, ask the child to work out 1/4 of 1/8 and 1/4 of 1/6.

Then, move on to 1/3 of 1/2 and 1/5 of 3/4.

Securing method and recall = numeracy

Repetition with variation will help secure not only the method, but also a wide range of examples which will help secure recall.

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