Module 1: Investigating number and pattern
Section 1: Learning through games
Key Focus Question: How can games help pupils learn basic number skills?
Keywords: class management; questioning; group work; thinking; data gathering; respect; sensitivity
By the end of this section, you will have:
- developed your skills in organising the class in ways that will help pupils show respect for each other;
- developed your skills in asking questions to encourage thinking;
- used different ways to gather data to help pupils discuss who they are.
Using games in your classroom can enhance your pupils’ mathematical understanding and skills. These games can range from mental arithmetic games played with the whole class to more complex board games.
This section explores how games provide a cooperative way to stimulate interest and thinking about numbers.
By using local cultural games you help relate mathematics to pupils’ everyday lives.
1. Using games to support mental maths