Top ten tips for making maths real
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By Fe Luton, Director of Research and Content at Subject Leaders

Exposing children to the application of maths in the real world from a young age is essential. Here are our Top 10 tips to get you started.

While as adults we understand how essential mathematical skills are in day-to-day life, this is not necessarily apparent to children – we’ve all heard the ‘but when will I ever use this?’ refrain in our classrooms. Therefore, exposing children to the application of maths in the real world from a young age is really important – both to give a sense of purpose to their learning, but also to help them to understand how to select the right maths for the right practical problem.

Boy in classroom looking confused

However, it is not just a case of squeezing real-world maths into the curriculum at every possible opportunity; we need to proceed with caution. So, what can you do to ensure the real-world problem solving and reasoning contexts you use have a positive impact on learning? Here are 10 top tips to get you started.

1. Use contexts of interest

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