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Maths Stories

This programme from Teachers TV contains seven clips which may be used to demonstrate a technique for teaching number operations and fractions using paper cups. Teachers should view the programmes Just a Fraction and Understanding Fractions to see the technique being used with a class.

The clips relate to the following:

* An introduction to the resources and maths tables

* Addition, subtraction and equals including halves and quarters

* Maths story/real story: the link between the maths story - a calculation on paper - and the real story - shown by manipulating paper cups - is shown.

In the second part, students should write out the maths story as they see the real story acted out

* Multiplication: the idea of using an action to differentiate between addition and multiplication is introduced

* More fractions: the link between the concrete representation of cups and the symbolic representation with cards is established

* Moving multiplication on: cards are used to act a real story

* Imagining cups: manipulating fractions in your head

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