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Maths Subject Knowledge: Fractions, Decimals, and Percentages

Improve your mathematics understanding and learn methods for teaching fractions as a non-specialist maths teacher.

Maths Subject Knowledge: Fractions, Decimals, and Percentages

  • Duration 6 weeks
  • Weekly study 3 hours
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Make learning fractions, decimals and percentages easier for your students

Often, when teachers are asked which maths topic they find the most difficult to teach and for their students to learn, teachers say fractions.

On this course, you will explore why they find fractions difficult and consider new approaches and methodologies for teaching them that are easier to grasp for your students.

You will learn how to avoid teaching the subject in isolation as you approach fractions, decimals and percentages as three interconnected topics. This will help to give your students context and give them a deeper understanding of the maths structure behind fractions.

What topics will you cover?

  • What is a fraction? The importance of considering the ‘whole’
  • Multiplying fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Adding and subtracting fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Dividing with fractions and decimals
  • Problem solving with percentages
  • Application of fractions, decimals and percentages across the wider curriculum

When would you like to start?

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  • Available now
    This course started 4 Nov 2019

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Identify why students find the concept of fractions demanding.
  • Develop strategies to enable students to demonstrate their understanding, and use, of fractions.
  • Explore the links between fractions, decimals and percentages and become fluent in their application in differing contexts.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the mathematical structure and not just teach the ‘tricks’.
  • Solve mathematical problems in context.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for teachers and educators who don’t have a specialism in maths but wish to learn mathematical methods and improve their understanding.

This includes:

  • new teachers, student teachers or people just about to start their teaching career who are interested in increasing their mathematical subject knowledge
  • inexperienced teachers of mathematics for whom mathematics was not a major part of their degree
  • non-specialist teachers of mathematics whose expertise lies elsewhere.
  • teachers of science
  • teachers of technology, engineering, and other related subjects
  • parents wishing to support their children.

Who will you learn with?

Michael Anderson

Michael Anderson

Mathematics Subject Specialist at the National STEM Learning Centre, York.

Paula  Kelly

Paula Kelly

Secondary maths teacher.

Stephen Lyon

Stephen Lyon

I have taught mathematics for over 30 years, as a head of department, an advanced skills teacher and as maths lead at STEM Learning. I am the level 3 lead for the Yorkshire Ridings maths hub.

Who developed the course?

The National STEM Learning Centre provides world-class professional development activities and resources to support the teaching of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects.

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