Monthly Archives: August 2013

Helping Your Child With Fraction Homework – Part 4

This video is the fourth in the Fraction Homework Series and looks at how to multiply fractions, using an efficient three step approach.

You might need a quick refresher in some of the topics that your children are learning at school to help you feel confident in assisting them at home.

We’ll be focusing on topics that we know from our teaching experience are most helpful and most appreciated by parents. Please let us know, either by email or in the comments below, if there’s any homework topic you’d like to help your child with and we’ll create a video

The Creativity of Maths and Art

Most people don’t often associate mathematics with creativity and art, but in its history, maths was always associated more closely with art and the divine rather than science.
The Ancient Greeks firmly believed that beauty in all things was best achieved using the mathematical proportions and shapes from geometry. Much of their core work in mathematics explores the properties and behaviour of geometry. Their discoveries were most often inspired by the night sky. So while now we might associate geometry with drab black and white pictures and theorems found in a text book, it’s beginnings stem from the universe and […]

Why Educational Funding Isn’t the Answer

Educational reform, with the intention of building strong educational opportunities for all children of a nation, is something that all voters can support. Whatever reform is proposed, it is always backed by a plan for significant funding in order to signify the seriousness and importance the politicians are giving to the policy.
The thing is, funding won’t even come close to improving education. Yes, we definitely agree that all students should have access to the resources they need and a comfortable educational environment. Funding is needed to bring equity to physical school environments. But to what extent will that really […]

Playing Shop with a Twist

Children love imaginative play. Playing shop is a favourite game for toddlers through to late primary school aged children. But for some, the game can get boring for them very quickly. Add some extra spark to keep ‘playing shop’ interesting and you’ll be amazed at the educational benefits which can be derived. While playing this common game you can enhance your children’s mathematical thinking, numeracy and measurement skills. Enabling your children to gain an appreciation for maths in everyday life and helping them to feel comfortable thinking mathematically is a gift that starts with adding maths to playtime.

Task 1: […]

Helping Your Child With Fraction Homework – Part 3

This video is the third in the Fraction Homework Series and looks at how to add and subtract mixed fractions, showing a clear method for showing all your working out.

You might need a refresher in some of the topics that they’re learning at school and we’re here to provide you with some tips and tricks.

We’ll be focusing on topics that we know from our teaching experience are most helpful and most appreciated by parents. Please let us know, either by email or in the comments below, if there’s any homework topic you’d like to help your child with and […]

What You Need to Know About Learning Maths in High School

The transition from primary school to secondary school is both exciting and very stressful, especially for the first born child.
The secondary school pond is always so much larger than the primary school pond. The environment of the school itself is foreign with so many numbered classrooms, lockers, hallways and specialised subject areas, not to mention the hundreds of people walking around who are verging on adulthood.
Secondary schools are well equipped to deal with the main points of the transition. They make sure your child has a supportive form group and contact teacher, they conduct induction days and tours, they […]

Helping Your Child With Fractions Homework – Part 2

This is the second video in the Fractions Homework Series.

This video focuses on simplifying fractions and adding fractions.

We’ll be focusing on topics that we know from our teaching experience are most helpful and most appreciated by parents. Please let us know, either by email or in the comments below, if there’s any homework topic you’d like to help your child with and we’ll create a video 

A Backyard Treasure Hunt

I recently attended a birthday party that was pirate themed and it got me thinking about treasure maps.
Teaching bearings and scale drawings to Year 7, 8 and 9 students, I often spend a couple of lessons getting them to create a treasure map as well as instructions for a fellow classmate on how to find the treasure using bearings and measurements. It’s always great fun and it’s wonderful to see the amazing creativity coupled with some advanced maths skills.
Today I want to show you how you and your kids can create a treasure map experience in your own backyard. […]

The Secret to Your Child’s Happiness at School

A few years ago, in the school I worked at as a Maths teacher, the results from a survey that the school had given to the parents were reported to us at a staff meeting. Our Head of Secondary informed us that the number one reason parents sent their kids to this particular school was so that their children would be happy.
Now this sounds fair enough, but some of my colleagues and I were more than a little concerned as quite a few questions sprang to mind. What sort of happiness did the parents have in mind? How were […]

Helping Your Child with Fraction Homework – Part 1

This is our first video in a new style of post – we want to help you help your kids with their homework.

You might need a refresher in some of the topics that they’re learning at school and we’re here to provide you with some tips and tricks.

This video is the first in the Fraction Homework Series and looks at how to convert between improper fractions and mixed numerals.

We’ll be focusing on topics that we know from our teaching experience are most helpful and most appreciated by parents. Please let us know, either by email or in the comments […]