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Addysg Gyfrwng Cymraeg (Welsh Medium Education)

I hope, if you are Welsh, that the headline caught your eye – especially if you are in one of the 22.7% of Welsh primary schools that teaches through the medium of Welsh.

At Brilliant Publications we realise that it is sometimes difficult to find resources to teach maths through the Welsh medium.

Datrys Problemau Mathemateg, Blwyddyn 2 Maths Problem Solving Year 2 Welsh edition - Brilliant Pubications

Datrys Problemau Mathemateg, Blwyddyn 2 (Maths Problem Solving Year 2)

 

Datrys Problemau Mathemateg, Blwyddyn 3 Maths Problem Solving Year 3 Welsh edition - Brilliant Pubications

Datrys Problemau Mathemateg, Blwyddyn 3 2 (Maths Problem Solving Year 3)

 

Datrys Problemau Mathemateg, Blwyddyn 4 Maths Problem Solving Year 4 Welsh edition - Brilliant Pubications

Datrys Problemau Mathemateg, Blwyddyn 4 (Maths Problem Solving Year 4)

 

Datrys Problemau Mathemateg, Blwyddyn 1 Maths Problem Solving Year 1 Welsh edition - Brilliant Pubications

Datrys Problemau Mathemateg, Blwyddyn 1 (Maths Problem Solving Year 1)

Datrys Problemau Mathemateg, Blwyddyn 5 Maths Problem Solving Year 5 Welsh edition - Brilliant Pubications

Datrys Problemau Mathemateg, Blwyddyn 5 (Maths Problem Solving Year 5)

 

Datrys Problemau Mathemateg, Blwyddyn 6 Maths Problem Solving Year 6 Welsh edition - Brilliant Pubications

Datrys Problemau Mathemateg, Blwyddyn 6 (Maths Problem Solving Year 6)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is why we decided to translate our highly successful maths series, Maths Problem Solving, into Welsh. The Welsh books are linked to the Welsh National Curriculum, making it easy to integrate the activities into your planning.

The books contain differentiated worksheets, making it easy to use the book in a mixed-ability classroom.

The length of the problems are varied with short, medium and more extended problems for children to solve. The problems on each page are mixed so the children do not assume that the solution process is the same each time, but have to understand the problem. They are varied in their complexity and are presented in a meaningful, age-appropriate manner with topics the children will find relevant.

And for our Welsh  readers…

Mae chwe llyfr yn y gyfres Datrys Problemau Mathemateg. Ysgrifennwyd y llyfrau i athrawon eu defnyddio mewn gwersi mathemateg. Anelir y cynnwys at ddatblygu sgiliau datrys problemau. Anogir plant i ddewis a defnyddio ffeithiau rhif a strategaethau meddwl perthnasol i ddatrys problem fel a nodir yn y Fframwaith Rhifedd Cenedlaethol.

Mae’r llyfr hwn wedi’i rannu’n dair pennod; Datblygu ymresymu rhifyddol, Datblygu ymresymu rhifyddol: Adnabod prosesau a chysylltiadau a Defnyddio sgiliau rhif.

Cynlluniwyd y llyfrau fel bod gan pob adran chwe cham o gwestiynau i’w hateb. Rhennir pob cam yn dair lefel, er enghraifft 1a, 1b neu 1c, yn seiliedig ar gyrhaeddiad. Mae pob cwestiwn cyfatebol o’r lefelau hyn yn dilyn yr un llinell o gwestiynu, felly pan mae’r athro yn siarad am gwestiwn penodol mae’r broses o ddatrys yr un fath i bob lefel ond mae’r cymhlethdod yn amrywio.

 

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Do your maths lessons need a superhero (or two)?

The Mighty Fun Activities for Practising Times Tables series uses superheroes to motivate primary school children to practise all the skills needed to solve multiplication, division and word-based times table problems. Superheroes appeal to even the most reluctant of learners and instil a positive and competitive attitude towards learning. Your pupils will be eager and motivated to want to learn and practise their times tables.

Mighty Fun Activities for Practising Times Tables, Book 3 - Brilliant Publications

Mighty Fun Activities for Practising Times Tables, Book 3

Mighty Fun Activities for Practising Times Tables, Book 2 - Brilliant Publications

Mighty Fun Activities for Practising Times Tables, Book 2

Mighty Fun Activities for Practising Times Tables, Book 1 - Brilliant Publications

Mighty Fun Activities for Practising Times Tables, Book 1

There are three books in the Mighty Fun Activities for Practising Times Tables series:
Book 1: 2, 5 and 10 times tables
Book 2: 3, 4, 6 and 8 times tables
Book 3: 7, 9, 11 and 12 times tables

The books contain reproducible sheets and are designed to be used as flexible teaching aids, which teachers can dip in and out of in any order to support the learning of any times table. They work equally well as stand alone 5 to 20 minute lesson reinforcements or as regular times table learning.

We recognise that all children learn in different ways and that they need to have opportunities to apply their knowledge and skills. For each times table there is a mixture of practical activities to develop their understanding and written activities to consolidate their knowledge.

The mixed times table sheets at the back of the book allow children to apply the skills gained in learning individual tables, working out for themselves which multiple facts and methods they need to use.

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Practise Times Tables – no paper needed!

When we think of practising  times tables, we often think of chanting in unison or working through endless pages of multiplication problems. But is this the best way to teach the times tables?
Fun Games and Activities for Teaching Times Tables - Brilliant Publications

Fun Games and Activities for Teaching Times Tables

In fact, drilling children in their times tables doesn’t necessarily help them to understand the mathematical concepts that underpin multiplication. Children need to be able to conceptualise the maths involved if they are to develop fluency in the times tables, able to recall and apply them rapidly and accurately.

This is why we decided to publish Fun Games and Activities for Teaching Times Tables. This book takes an active approach to learning times tables, providing stimulating and imaginative games to make the process of learning the times tables both effective and fun.

The first half of the book contains games specifically aimed at teaching the 2, 5 and 10 times tables.The second half contains games appropriate for any of the times tables. These games are subdivided into three groups:

  • Games for learning each table in sequence
  • Games to test pupils’ memories and thinking skills as they try to identify the table they are working on
  • Games to teach children the different factors that can make up each answer.

The games require minimal preparation and ensure that all children gain a firm understanding of their times tables and will be able to recall them quickly and easily.

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New maths resources for primary schools

Our new maths catalogue is now available! Click here to download a copy!

We are especially proud of our new Mighty Fun Activities for Practising Times Tables, featuring Mighty Hypersonic Heather, Twirling Tornado Tony and many other superheroes!

These superheroes all share one mission – to make practising times tables fun!

Brilliant Publications maths catalogue 2017

Brilliant Pubications’ maths catalogue for primary schools

Unfortunately, our mighty superheroes have a problem! Super villain Dennis the Demon Digit Demolisher has an evil plan to rid the world of numbers … .  Can your pupils solve the problems in time to stop him sabotaging the Trans-galaxy Superhero Games?

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What makes Brilliant Publications’ books … ‘brilliant’?

Well, we could give you some synonyms (many of which are in our online reviews): exceptionally clever or talented, inventive, creative, outstanding, impressive, remarkable, exceptional, glorious, superb, excellent, first-rate …

But we thought it might be more helpful if we gave you four reasons:

We provide support

All our authors have teaching backgrounds. In fact, the majority are still full-time teachers. This means that they know what works in the classroom. All the ideas have been tried and tested, so you know that they will be relevant and will help children to learn.

9781783170913 Teach French with Luc et Sophie Brilliant Publications

Teach French with Luc et Sophie

Take, for example, Teach French with Luc et Sophie, our story book approach to teaching French. The teacher’s guides contain everything you need: lesson plans, vocabulary lists, English translations, worksheets, grammar points, supplementary worksheets, play scripts and more. The accompanying CD-Rom contains songs, audio versions of the stories, e-book versions of the stories, so that they can be displayed on an Interactive Whiteboard, along with Smartboard games.

 

 

We encourage creativity

9781783170739 Brilliant Activities for Reading Comprehension Year 5 Brilliant Publications

Brilliant Activities for Reading Comprehension, Year 5

We want children to be engaged and enjoy what they are doing – as that will help them to stay on task. This is why we particularly like our Brilliant Activities for Reading Comprehension series. We decided that if we are asking children to read, understand and answer questions from a passage, that passage should at least engage their attention, and indeed their teacher’s attention as well. We’ve even provided cross-curricular activities to go with each passage, enabling children to respond to the passages in a variety of creative ways.

 

 

We embrace challenge

9781903853740 Maths Problem Solving, Year 1 Brilliant Publications

Maths Problem Solving, Year 1

Important as it is that activities are attention grabbing, this isn’t enough. Children must be challenged to do their best.  This is why our books contain activities to challenge children of all abilities. In the Maths Problem Solving series, for example, there are three versions of each activity, so you can give the children the right sheet for their ability. The level of complexity of the sums vary but the line of questioning remains the same, so all children are developing the same concepts, while at the same time being stretched.

 

 

We offer convenience

Our books will save you hours of preparation and planning time. Most are available as both printed books and e-pdfs, so you can buy the format that suits you. We even offer a special discount if you want to buy both together. We also have many e-resources, some costing as little at 99p, so you only need to buy the resources you need.

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Finger tracing helps to solve maths problems

According to a research project published in the Journal of Applied Cognitive Psychology,  tracing over mathmatical problems with one’s finger helps develop mathematical understanding.

Tracing can help when learning not only spatial topics such as shapes and angle relationships, but also for non-spatial tasks such as learning the order of tasks in arithmetic problems.

For instance, pupils who traced over the addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and brackets symbols in problems such as 7 x (31 – 20) + 56 ÷ (5 – 3) = ? solved more problems correctly on a subsequent test.

The study also found that pupils who traced over key elements of maths problems were able to solve other questions that extended the initial maths problem further, showing that the tracing was helping them develop a deeper, more flexible understanding of the problem-solving methods.

http://theconversation.com/finger-tracing-can-help-students-solve-maths-problems-54034

 

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Who developed the grid method of multiplication?

Few people disagree on the importance of being able to multiply large numbers together. However, there is much debate on the best way to do so.

Some might argue that, now that calculators are so readily available, children don’t need to learn to do this on paper (or mentally).

On the other hand, the 2014 National Curriculum advocates a move back to ‘formal written methods’.

What people might not realise, however, is that the grid method, much maligned by some as a modern trendy method that ought to be stamped out, actually has its routes in the 13th century.  The lattice method of multiplication was introduced by Fibonacci. His 1202 treatise Liber Abacii (Book of the Abacus) was the most sophisticated work on arithmetic and number theory written in medieval Europe.

His lattice method of multiplication is incredibly simple.  Here’s how to multiply 534 x 42.

First write the numbers on your grid:

Grid-method-multiplication.indd

Then multiply each pair of digits. Put the tens number on top of the diagonal line and the ones number below it:

Grid-method-multiplication.indd

Then total the diagonals (adding in carried over numbers if necessary):

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The answer to 534 x 42 = 22,428

Another great way resource for teaching children mathematics is a simple deck of cards. Deck Ahoy! contains over 100 activities and games to teach primary maths skills with a deck of cards. Topics covered are not only the main operations – addition, subtraction, multiplication and division – but also fractions, statistics, time, ratios, squares and cubes and graphs.

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