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Insights into children, maths and education

Categories: Children Peer Mentoring

Do the Maths! Helping children to learn number skills and develop a love of numbers.   Even before your child goes to school, most of us have done what we can to get hold of books. We buy them or borrow them. We all know that reading with your child is essential. Nobody questions this. … Continued

October 23rd by Maggie Steel

It is a universal human trait to want to give up when things get hard. Not surprisingly, there are plenty of mantras written to inspire us through these times. Mantra 1: When the going gets tough, the tough get going. This one is well-meaning, but actually not very helpful. It divides the world into the … Continued

October 15th by Maggie Steel

Peer Mentoring: a catalyst for personal growth The FunKey Maths Peer Mentoring programme trains Year 5 students (age 9-10) to work with children in Year 2 (age 6-7) who have started to struggle in maths. The highly structured programme helps the younger children build their confidence and develop their maths skills and is a catalyst … Continued

May 30th by Maggie Steel

The FunKey Maths Peer Mentoring Programme is an intervention which pairs trained Year 5 children with Year 2s who are below age related expectations in maths. The Year 5s work with the Year 2s through a structured programme of maths activities, which develops both self-confidence and number skills. It is the culmination of years of … Continued

May 28th by Maggie Steel

When I was the mother of two small girls I heard a grannie on the radio. She had a compelling tone – wise and warm mother-earth – so I listened intently. I remember her stark warning: “Never rush a child.” She talked about the importance of going at the pace of the child. I cringed … Continued

May 13th by Maggie Steel
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