This Unit explores what is meant by ‘understanding’ in mathematics and shows how you can help children develop this.
Children provide ample evidence of their attempts at making sense of the world of mathematics. This Unit considers what creative thinkers children are by taking a closer look at the errors they make in this subject. Aspects of teaching and learning mathematics are explored in relation to the three elements-facts and skills; conceptual structures; and general strategies and appreciation-identified in Paragraph 240 of the Cockcroft Report. It provides a model by which the mathematical content of any of the activities in this and other Units can be analysed.