WHPS 90th Anniversary Celebration
24 - 26 May 2013
In our Primary School Maths curriculum, we aim:
- To create a learning environment in which pupils can develop their potential as individuals and as members of society, through developing their competence and performance in using Mathematics and through enriching their experience and enjoyment of Mathematics.
- To develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes in Mathematics to enable the pupils to use Mathematics in everyday life, which they can also put into practice in our Practical Maths Centre.
- To equip the pupil to participate in and contribute to the increasingly numerical world.
The ability to reason is not only important in Primary School Maths but a life skill in its own right. Mathematical reasoning must include the following skills:
Communication is a critical skill that needs to be developed throughout the Primary School Phase. Pupils need to develop the ability to:
Move one matchstick to make the equation approximately true.
If you need to square a number (two or three digits) that ends in 5, just use this trick. First, you should know that when any number squared that ends in 5 will always have the last two digits of 25. Then all you need to do is look at the digits before the 5 and multiply it (them) by the next number higher and put that in front of the 25.
Here are two examples:
1) 35 squared is 3 times 4 (one higher than 3) or 12 and put that in front of 25.
Looks like this... 1225
2) 65 squared is 6 times 7 (one higher than 6) or 42 and put that in front of 25.
Looks like this .... 4225
"If you would understand anything, observe its beginning and its development."