Published on August 3rd, 2015 | by Rob Stebbings

Back To School Essentials – Maths Equipment

Mathematics is essential to everyday life and therefore remains crucial as part of the national curriculum for children’s school education. Here’s just a selection of back to school essentials when it comes to maths equipment, all available for next day delivery here at the Post Office Shop.

Key stage 1 and 2

Progressing through mathematics key stage 1 and 2 school pupils develop confidence and mental fluency with whole numbers and counting whilst becoming familiar with a range of measures to describe and compare different quantities including length, mass, volume, time and money.

Key stage 1 usually involves significant amounts of group work as children aged 5 to 7 years old learn to count to and across 100, forwards and backwards. They also learn about multiplication using a times tables book which is one of the back to school essentials when they return after the summer holidays.

Children will also typically measure and begin to record lengths and heights, weight, capacity and volume plus the time in hours, minutes and seconds. In addition they will also recognise the value of different denominations of coins and notes.

As they progress to key stage 2, children aged 8 to 11 start to learn about geometry as part of the curriculum. Therefore a compass set is just the ticket in time for the new term as part of the essential items they will need to have to hand which might be ideally stored in a stylish Minions pencil case.

Key stage 3

From the age of 11 to 14 as children progress to key stage 3, they will also require more advanced mathematical equipment including a scientific calculator. This is in order to successfully use and interpret algebraic notation plus understand and use place value for decimals, measures and integers of any size as part of their studies.

Key stage 4

At key stage 4, children aged 14 to 16 will be occupied with coursework and revision ahead of their exams as they aim to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics. By this stage they should be proficient in making calculations with fractions and multiples, have the ability to simplify and manipulate algebraic expressions plus be able to calculate surface areas using geometry measurements.


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