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'Now in its 5th edition, Mathematics Explained for Primary Teachers is available for the first time as an interactive eBook. The book is written in the accessible and engaging style we have come to expect from Derek Haylock, and is informed by his wealth of experience.
'Throughout this book, there is a clear sense of the importance of preserving children’s understanding of mathematics rather than resorting to ‘tricks and recipes’. This is done while still ensuring that children are able to meet the demands of the new National Curriculum. The explanation of key terms will enable primary mathematics teachers to navigate their way through the new curriculum document. Clear, worked examples of calculation methods are combined with useful insights into the prior knowledge and understanding that children need.
'The physical structure of chapters are well presented, and there is a good balance of colour, text, symbols, and pictorial representations. Access to the content is well supported through the chapter overview that provides a ready reference point for locating the content. Within the chapters, each element is easily located through the use of clear headings. Explicit examples are used to clarify the meaning of the mathematical terminology and the structure of the Learning and Teaching Point provides a clear summary of the elements in the corresponding text.
'The book combines clear guidance about meeting the expectations of the new curriculum, with a strong call to preserve children’s mathematical understanding. The explanation of key terms will enable primary mathematics teachers to navigate their way through the new curriculum document. Worked examples of calculation methods are combined with useful insights into essential prior knowledge and understanding. The book will be invaluable source of practical help to all teachers of primary mathematics.'
'This book can rightly be considered the ultimate reference for securing appropriate mathematics subject knowledge for primary teaching. In the chapter ‘Written methods for Multiplication and Division’ the concepts behind the methods are explained clearly and thoroughly. Of particular use are the ‘teaching points’ sections and links to video explanations and further practice.
‘This edition presents the clarity and detail I have come to expect from Haylock and it continues to be our first choice in mathematics subject knowledge support for students and teachers.’
‘This edition tackles written calculation algorithms with clarity and detail; the emphasis on children understanding these processes and how to support this is maintained throughout.’
'The new edition provides up to date information related to both current research and practice. I particularly found the chapter on mental strategies useful for explaining how the laws of multiplication and division work and for encouraging ad hoc approaches to multiplication. The teaching points throughout help to draw relevant links between theory and practice and the self-assessment questions focus on developing teachers’ own content and pedagogical content knowledge.'
'As always this book will prove to be an invaluable asset to not only trainee teachers, but as many have agreed also after school experience placements. There is a growing awareness in primary schools of this book being an asset for all members of staff no matter whether they have two or twenty-two years of classroom experience.'
'Here is another accessible text from Derek Haylock that supports the development of subject knowledge for student teachers and experienced teachers alike.
Haylock emphasises the importance of teaching written methods with understanding and one key strategy he exemplifies to achieve this is the use of representation. There are good illustrations on the use of physical representations to support addition and subtraction with very clear guidance on how to use base ten materials and coins.
'Some students refer to the book as their "maths bible" and I have spoken to and have had e-mails from former students who continue to refer to it (we recommend that they buy it from Day One), saying "Thank goodness for Haylock!"'
Favourite update of this book. Familiar context and clear updates. Great reference books for trainee teachers, whatever their level and confidence in primary mathematics.
This is a good text that will be used to help extend student's understanding particularly through self-study
This text has been a most useful one for both my PGCE and BEd students. The structure of the book is well organised and makes quick access and reading for all. At the end of our sessions I have quite often recommended a chapter/section within this book as follow up reading and the feedback from my students is that they have found it to be a very supportive and informative book. It features on our suggested reading list.
This book gives a really good overview on Mathematics as a whole.
However, I will NOT be recommending this book to my students for parts of their Numeracy reading as I feel the areas of acquiring number skills (subitising, Number Word Sequences, counting), place value, understanding multiplication (no mention of arrays) and fractional understanding (all examples are pre-partitioned shapes and far too many mentions of pizzas) are poorly explained.
Useful for practice and informing teaching
A good book for developing mathematical thinking. Students have adopted this mainly for when they go to school on experience
The book explains every topic in primary maths but, importantly, also how to explain it to others. Each topic shows several examples and also more than one way to explain each time.
This has been our core text for several years on our primary teaching degree. It is clear and well illustrated and explained, without being patronising. The frequent revisions to it ensure that it keeps up with the current trends in mathematics teaching and learning, while retaining all that is essential to effective mathematics subject knowledge.
Will only refer to if a trainee really needs to address their mathematics.