1 Sep '14

News Fractions for five-year-olds? Piece of cake | Rob Eastaway

The new maths curriculum may scare some people but we shouldnt underestimate childrens capacity for arithmeticWhats 1,652 divided by 28? In a couple of years time, your 10-year-old will be expected to work this out without a calculator. And as a reward they will get a miserly two marks, so long as their workings and answer are correct.The new curriculum, which started today, is moving primary arithmetic up by what looks like a quantum leap, and for those children, teachers and parents who already find maths difficult, this is going to be scary. It will start young, too. Children aged five are going to be introduced to fractions a year or two earlier than they used to be. Continue reading...

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