Very Special Maths: Developing Thinking and Maths Skills for Pupils with Severe or Complex Learning Difficulties, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Very Special Maths

Developing Thinking and Maths Skills for Pupils with Severe or Complex Learning Difficulties, 1st Edition

By Les Staves

Routledge

220 pages

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Description

All children require mathematical understanding to access as full a life as possible. This practical book explores the curriculum required to accommodate the various difficulties faced by children with severe and profound learning difficulties. It describes how children’s mathematical thinking first develops and how it can be nurtured to ensure real understanding and support essential life skills.

Chapters explore key concepts including:

  • quantity recognition and counting
  • sequence and measurement
  • comparisons
  • space and shape
  • time
  • monetary value.

Mindful of the diverse challenges faced by teachers and pupils, the book explains the neurological and pedagogical theories that underpin the development of early mathematical thinking. It considers how mathematical skills that will best support children’s everyday functioning can be developed. Practical ideas and activities for application in the classroom are further supported by illustrative diagrams, case studies and detailed online reading to deepen teachers’ understanding and confidence when working with pupils.

An essential and inspiring guide for teachers, special educational needs coordinators, teaching assistants, and parents, this text proves that with the appropriate strategies, each child is able to develop the mathematical skills essential to everyday living.

Table of Contents

About the author

PART ONE - ABOUT A SPECIAL CURRICULUM

Chapter 1: What this book is about

Chapter 2: About Curriculum attitudes and mindsets

Chapter 3: The place of maths in a very special curriculum

Chapter 4: Sensory Beginnings

Chapter 5: Introducing the Parts of Learning

PART TWO - TOOLS FOR LEARNING

Chapter 6: Introducing the Tools for Learning

Chapter 7: Physical Skills at the beginning of Thinking

Chapter 8: Schema – First Patterns of Thinking

Chapter 9: Introducing the Senses

Chapter 10: About Vision

Chapter 11: Hearing

Chapter 12: Touch and Movement

Chapter 13: Attention

Chapter 14: Perception

PART THREE - PROCESSES OF LEARNING

Chapter 15: Introducing the Processes of Learning

Chapter 16: Learning to Play

Chapter 17: There are Many ways of Playing

PART FOUR - THINKING ABOUT THINKING

Chapter 18: About the Development of Thinking

Chapter 19: Thinking with Objects and Fingers

Chapter 20: Visualisation – using all senses

Chapter 21: Thinking with Graphic Representations

Chapter 22: Using Numerals - A medium to abstract thinking.

Chapter 23: Language and Thinking.

PART FIVE - DEVELOPING MATHEMATICAL IDEAS.

Chapter 24. Introducing Aspects of Mathematical Thinking.

Chapter 25: Some sensory beginnings

Chapter 26: Comprehending Space – Shape – and Measures.

Chapter 27: Learning About Size and Comparisons.

Chapter 28: About Number Sense

Chapter 29: An Exact Number Sense

Chapter 30: An Approximate Number Sense.

Chapter 31: Understanding Comparative Value - Including Exchange and Money.

Chapter 32: Number is Like Space.

Chapter 33: Subitising – Connecting Perception with Number

Chapter 34: Counting

Chapter 35: Calculation and Big Ideas.

About the Author

Les Staves has over 45 years of experience working within special education. He is recognised internationally as a freelance writer, consultant, and trainer.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDU000000
EDUCATION / General

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