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St Andrew's C of E Primary School

St Andrew's C of E Primary School

Maths Makes Sense

Maths Makes Sense (MMS) is used as the main tool for teaching Maths throughout St Andrew’s.

Maths Makes Sense is not a scheme but rather a way of teaching Primary maths, developed by Richard Dunne, which intends to makes maths more enjoyable to teach and fun to learn. More importantly it makes maths really understandable from the start. The Maths Makes Sense approach is based on the fact that Maths is a logical, symbolic language.

In a Maths Makes Sense classroom you will see a high level of equipment used to act out maths stories and hear a rich diet of maths language being spoken that help children to embed and extend their learning. We believe that only once children full understand symbolic maths can maths be successfully applied back to the real world to solve problems.  Just as the learning that comes before paves the way so, at each stage, real life maths must be woven through the learning journey as an integral part of helping to develop pupils who are confident, competent mathematicians.

If you would like to see some videos explaining how it works, please follow the ‘Cupman’ link to the right and scroll to the bottom of the page under Video Support.

"Maths Makes Sense is much more than a set of good ideas. It goes far beyond the teaching of tips and tricks for passing tests. It is a powerful but simple learning system that enables children to grasp with complete clarity the underlying sense of mathematics. The gasps of realisation and the sounds of pennies dropping around the classroom, make Maths Makes Sense a very rewarding way of teaching.'
Ian Laite, Maths Coordinator, Llansawel Primary School