**Star Maths – One of the reasons behind the Finnish PISA success.**

The *Star Maths* series follows the new Finnish curriculum and is based on the popular Finnish series Tuhattaituri. The content helps pupils make progress in their numeracy skills. Pupils learn fundamental mathematical concepts and skills at a manageable pace. There are also maths problems to solve as well as tasks to investigate, coding activities and other ways to reinforce pupils’ skills. Learning is facilitated through a variety of task types and tools for individual and group work.

**Star Maths and the new Finnish curriculum**

- Fun and cooperative learning are central to the entire series.
- Materials make it easy to bring variety to your teaching.
- Star Maths provides tips for multi-sensory maths teaching.
- Materials include tasks to promote pupils’ coding skills. The Teacher’s Guide contains more tips on working with code.
- Pupil coursebooks include investigative tasks and experiments to promote pupils’ ICT skills.

- Numbers 0–10, <, >, =, +, –
- Adding and subtracting numbers 0–10; understanding the relationship between addition and subtraction; commutative property of addition; subtraction using number bonds; solving for missing numbers in addition and subtraction; adding and subtracting more than two numbers
- Money, €
- Diagrams

- Numbers 11–20: addition with sums above 10; subtraction with differences below 10; understanding the relationship between addition and subtraction; checking the results of subtraction; doubling; halving and doubling numbers; even and odd numbers
- Numbers 0–100: units, tens (0, 10, 20, …, 100) and one hundred; greater than/less than; number series
- Telling the time: on the hour and half past
- Geometry: wholes; 2D shapes
- Fundamentals of measurement; centimetres

- Adding and subtracting numbers 0–100, addition and subtraction with regrouping (carrying/borrowing); subtraction from multiples of 10
- The concept of multiplication; 2, 5 and 10 times tables
- The concepts of division and fractions; division into equal parts; fractions
- Geometry: wholes, 2D shapes, triangles, quadrilaterals, polygons

- Telling the time: on the hour, half past, a quarter past, a quarter to
- 3 and 4 times tables; commutative property of multiplication; word problems
- Addition and subtraction with numbers 0–100
- Measurement: centimetres, metres, grams, kilograms, litre and decilitre
- Even and odd numbers; multiplication and division; fractions; true and false
- Introduction to column addition and subtraction

- Addition and subtraction: mental arithmetic and column addition/subtraction
- Multiplication: 1–10 times tables; commutative property of multiplication
- Telling the time: the 24-hour clock; short time intervals
- Column multiplication: with and without carried digits

- Division: grouping and sharing; remainder; dividing by a single-digit number
- Fractions: the concept of fractions; adding and subtracting fractions with common denominators
- Measuring length: practical exercises; units of length (mm, cm, m and km)
- Geometry: angles, polygons, circle, area

- Order of operations
- Multiplication
- Division
- Negative numbers: greater than/less than; adding/subtracting/multiplying/dividing; graphs.

- Fractions
- Decimals
- Measuring: length, mass, volume, time
- Geometry: triangle, quadrilateral, coordinates, mirroring

- Problem-solving
- Fractions
- Geometry: angles
- Drawing and measuring; measuring angles of a triangle and their sum; parts of a circle; drawing a circle

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- Division
- Percentages
- Showing and finding information; various graphs
- Measuring: length, mass, volume
- Converting to larger and smaller units of measurement
- Geometry: scale, maps

- Order of operations
- Fractions
- Decimals
- Converting units
- Revision

- Percentages
- Geometry
- Problem-solving
- Preparation for Year 7

The Teacher’s Guide includes all the pages from the coursebook with answers. It also includes a wealth of tips for group work, assessment and skills-based exercises. The supplementary materials help you to provide individualised instruction for higher and lower abilities. The Teacher’s Guide also includes an assessment test for each chapter.

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