Developing Children's Mathematical Understanding (X6605)

15 credits, Level 5

Autumn teaching

This module will explore theories and approaches to the teaching and learning of mathematics in Primary and Early years settings seeking to answer key questions such as:

  • What are the underlying structures which children need to be able to grasp to build their mathematical understanding?
  • How can the use of manipulative models and visual representations be used to support and link children’s conceptual and procedural understanding of mathematics?
  • How can learning through play, the use of rich texts and purposeful activities based on ‘real life’ aid the children’s reasoning and problem solving?
  • How is the teaching of mathematics in the East influencing current policy and practice?

The module will also reflect upon children’s attitudes towards mathematics in comparison with those to other subjects and question where and how these are formed and how they can be changed, focusing on educational policy and influences from outside of education such as the family and the media.


100%: Seminar


100%: Practical (Presentation)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 49 hours of contact time and 101 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.