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This session will look at strategies and approaches to help learners, throughout the primary school, to make sense of word problems.

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Learners very often can complete calculations successfully but struggle when the same concepts are presented in the form of a word problem.

In this session we will discuss approaches and strategies that will help children of all ages to make sense of word problems.

We will discuss the importance of reasoning, mathematical language and making links with literacy strategies, and consider why a “making sense” strategy always works.

Examples will be used from across the primary school.


For participants to...

  • Be aware of strategies and approaches that enable children to make sense of word problems;
  • Make links with literacy strategies;
  • Have practical ideas that can be taken straight back to the classroom.

Accessing the training:

Once you have registered you will be sent an invitation to join the course via ZOOM. This is a FREE and easy to use online training/chat platform - a bit like Skype.

You’ll need access to a computer or laptop with a microphone/webcam. You can also join via the ZOOM app on your smartphone or tablet, although the computer version is preferable.

Trainer Info

Lynwen Barnsley has many years’ experience of providing mathematics training and support for primary schools.

Before beginning work as an independent consultant, she was Maths Adviser with the City and County of Swansea.

She now provides bespoke mathematics training for schools, training courses with Collective Learning and works as a consultant for Numicon and Inspire Maths.

Lynwen’s training courses focus on the why and how of teaching mathematics, providing practical ideas and approaches that ensure learners “make sense” of maths and develop as independent mathematical thinkers.

A Note About Our Learner Form

NEU Cymru's Skill-Up project is funded by the Welsh Government's Wales Union Learning Fund (WULF).

One of the requirements of our funding is that all learners accessing training complete a learner form for each year of the project.

If you have already completed a learner form for the current year of the project (i.e. 1 April 2020 - 31 March 2021) there will be no need for you to complete the learner form again this year.

A link to this form will be attached to your booking confirmation.

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