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Maths Subject Knowledge: Understanding Numbers

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Learn how numbers really work by understanding the underlying structures of everyday maths with this course for teachers.

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Improve your subject knowledge of numbers as part of the maths curriculum:

We use numbers every day, but do we really appreciate how they work?

There are lots of fascinating connections and patterns to explore once you delve into the mathematical structure of how simple numbers work.

On this course, you will develop an understanding of the underlying mathematical structure of everyday mathematics.

You will learn why mathematical methods work and find the connections between different areas of maths so that you can appreciate the interconnected nature of different maths topics.


What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explore how the number system we use every day actually works

  • Investigate patterns created when exploring factors of numbers, multiples of numbers and prime factorisation of numbers

  • Explain when and why two negatives make a positive

  • Describe the order in which operations are performed

  • Explore a variety of different number sequences


Who is the course for?

This course is designed for teachers and educators who don’t have a specialism in maths but wish to learn mathematical methods and improve their understanding.

This includes:

  • new teachers, student teachers or people just about to start their teaching career who are interested in increasing their mathematical subject knowledge

  • inexperienced teachers of mathematics for whom mathematics was not a major part of their degree

  • non-specialist teachers of mathematics whose expertise lies elsewhere.

  • teachers of science

  • teachers of technology, engineering, and other related subjects

  • parents wishing to support their children.

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At FutureLearn, we want to inspire learning for life. That’s why we offer a diverse selection of free, high quality online courses and content from some of the world’s leading universities and other outstanding cultural institutions.

Our aim is to connect learners from all over the globe with high quality educators and with each other. We believe learning should be an enjoyable, social experience, with plenty of opportunities to discuss and reflect on what you’ve studied, in order to make fresh discoveries and form new ideas.

Courses are delivered one step at a time and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop, so you can fit learning around your life, rather than your life around learning. We are a private company wholly owned by the Open University, with the benefit of over 40 years of their experience in distance learning and online education.

Our partners include over 80 of the best UK and international universities, as well as institutions with a huge archive of cultural and educational material, including the British Council, the British Library, and the British Museum.

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  • Michael Anderson
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  • Michael Anderson Mathematics Subject Specialist at the National STEM Learning Centre, York.
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