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To be good at maths?

(10 Posts)
Justtoobad Thu 03-Jul-14 19:29:58

May I ask...are the two fundamental principles of numeracy - place value and multiplications?

noblegiraffe Thu 03-Jul-14 20:00:27

I don't know what a fundamental principle of numeracy is, but all arithmetic, not just multiplication plays a part.

Justtoobad Thu 03-Jul-14 20:28:54

How would you describe/explain the basis of arithmetic if you had to break it down?

Justtoobad Thu 03-Jul-14 20:30:02

If for literacy/English it's clause/verb/subject/adjective?

noblegiraffe Thu 03-Jul-14 20:35:45

The four operations - addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

What are you asking for?

Goblinchild Thu 03-Jul-14 20:39:51

What an odd half-question. Care to elaborate?
In my mind, to be good at maths, you need to be able to apply what you know to different situations and problems. The basis is an understanding of numbers and how they interact. Which would include operations, inverse operations, place value etc.
I think the new curriculum seems to have a heavy bias towards algebra.

As a comparator to your literacy example, I'd agree with noblegiraffe - +-x/

noblegiraffe Thu 03-Jul-14 20:44:57

You certainly need fluency in number bonds, mental arithmetic and place value if you are not to struggle with maths.

To be good at maths you also need to be good at thinking logically. Knowing what you've got, seeing where you need to be and putting together the steps you need to get there.

Goblinchild Thu 03-Jul-14 20:48:32

Are you a secondary maths teacher, or an academic with an interest in maths?
Do you struggle with explaining things intelligibly to an audience?
I think you mean the two basics required to become a good mathematician are an understanding of place value and multiplication and are asking if we agree.
I do agree in principle, but you can know your tables without understanding them.

Justtoobad Fri 04-Jul-14 06:45:17

Sorry that my brain doesn't explain its self very well, I was just wondering about the language of maths. Thanks lots for your input smile

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