Succeed with maths – Part 1
Succeed with maths – Part 1

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Succeed with maths – Part 1

Week 1 Getting started


In this first week you will be focusing on some introductory maths activities. Some of these problems may seem more like puzzles than mathematics, and others will clearly fall into the category of maths problems. To help you there will be hints for you to use, if you need them. All of these puzzles bring up points about how to engage in maths and what is useful to know. You’ll also start to learn how to use your calculator, and to understand how we put numbers together.

In the following video, the course author Maria Townsend introduces you to Week 1:

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Maria Townsend
Like me, many people enjoy completing puzzles without even realising they’re doing some maths at the same time. This Sudoku certainly contains numbers, but does it relate to maths in any other way. I think it does. You see to complete it I have to take a logical step-by-step approach. If I just filled in numbers randomly it would be impossible to complete. And it’s just the same with maths puzzles as you’ll see this week. So next time you see a Sudoku in a paper why not have a go? You can always tell everybody around you that you’re studying.
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After this week, you should be able to:

  • tackle maths activities with more confidence
  • use your calculator for the four operations of +, –, × and ÷
  • use place value and number-lines to understand numbers
  • use rounding and estimation.

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