Maths subject knowledge: understanding number NE207 / A19

Start date
2 Dec 19
3 Weeks
Online Course


Online course. Improve your subject knowledge of numbers as part of the maths curriculum for students aged 11-16 years.


We use numbers every day, but do we really appreciate how they work?


There are lots of fascinating connections and patterns to explore once you delve into the mathematical structure of how simple numbers work.


On this course, you will develop an understanding of the underlying mathematical structure of everyday mathematics.


You will learn why mathematical methods work and find the connections between different areas of maths so that you can appreciate the interconnected nature of different maths topics.


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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.


The content is suitable for non-specialist mathematics teachers, teaching assistants, supply teachers and home educators.


What topics are covered?


This four week courses covers:


·         The history of numbers and different types of numbers


·         Working in different number bases


·         Factors, multiples and prime numbers


·         The order in which we perform calculations


·         Exact answers


·         Number sequences


This course takes around three hours per week to complete. You can choose when and where to participate, studying around your work and life commitments. You are supported and encouraged to discuss your ideas with fellow teachers, try out activities, apply concepts to your teaching context and reflect on your practice. You will have access to high-quality resources, including video explanations of mathematical principles, teaching resources and weekly problem sheets.


Who are the course leaders?


This course has been written by Steve Lyon and Michael Anderson, Mathematics Subject Specialists at the National STEM Learning Centre.


You will be able to:

  • explore how the number system we use every day actually works
  • investigate patterns created when exploring factors of numbers, multiples of numbers and prime factorisation of numbers
  • explain when and why two negatives make a positive
  • describe the order in which operations are performed
  • explore a variety of different number sequences


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