Maths is often taught in realistic learning contexts, such as stock-taking pond creatures, measuring the area of a wildlife space to grass, or calculating how many plants we can buy from an allocated budget for our garden.
We may use the internet, accessing sites such as the excellent NRICH maths club.
For the last two years we’ve been trialling PCame maths, (primary cognitive acceleration in mathematical education) with our key stage 2 children (aged 7-11) .
The theoretical rationale draws on constructivist approaches to learning, in particular the work of Piaget on cognitive conflict and schema theory; Vygotsky and the idea of social construction and the concept of metacognition or making thinking about thinking an explicit part of the teaching process.
In all our approaches to the teaching of maths there are common factors: we want maths to be interesting, relevant and enjoyable!