Activity Support Notes
The activities on The Numeracy Resources CD have been developed as a result of the author's commitment to providing all children, at all levels, with challenging, open-ended work. Many of the activities take as their foundation the theme of Reasoning about Mathematics. The author considers this aspect of mathematics to be both critical and under developed in many other resources.
You will find therefore that all of the activities have an open-ended element which is intended to encourage such reasoning. You will also find that open-ended work can often span a number of levels and be much more accessible to a wider range of attainment.
Open-ended work can take many forms.
Where do answers fit in?
Naturally, with resources which focus upon method as well as upon content, upon reasoning and upon working in a flexible, open-ended way, answers take a different form. Many activities are provided with help, suggestions or an answer sheet. Where such a sheet is not present, teachers will find that engaging with the mathematics in the problem will leave them more confident and less in need of answers.
However, I recognise that there may be more demand for answers. If this is the case please email email@example.com and we will try to offer the support needed.