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Children's Errors in Mathematics

Children's Errors in Mathematics

Fifth Edition

June 2020 | 336 pages | Learning Matters
This practical and popular guide to children’s common errors and misconceptions in primary mathematics is an essential tool for teachers and trainees. It supports them in planning for and tackling potential errors and enhances their understanding of the difficulties encountered in mathematical development. Providing guidance on how to identify common misconceptions, it explores how common misconceptions can be anticipated and addressed.

What's new to this edition?

  • New introductory chapter exploring contemporary themes and approaches being used in primary classrooms and schools today, such and Singapore and Shanghai maths.
  • More content on mastery approaches to teaching mathematics, exploring ‘what is mastery’?
  • Support around preparing children for new statutory times tables test with new content and a deeper exploration of children’s errors in multiplication.
  • More intervention strategies.
  • New scenarios section.


Mindset, mastery and mistakes
Number: number and place value
Number: addition and subtraction
Number: multiplication and division
Number: fractions, decimals and percentages

This is a fantastic book with practical solutions for trainees. WE have adopted this edition for the first year cohort September 2020.

Mr Chris Ives
School of Teacher Development, Bishop Grosseteste University
July 8, 2020

Alice Hansen

Alice Hansen is the Director of Children Count Ltd where she is educational consultant. Her work includes running professional development courses and events for teachers and teacher trainers, research and publishing. Alice has worked in education in England and abroad. Prior to her current work she was a primary mathematics tutor and the programme leader for a full-time primary PGCE programme at a large university in England. More About Author

Doreen Drews

Doreen Drews is a Principal Lecturer in Primary Mathematics at St Martin's College and has taught extensively within the Foundation Stage, Key Stage One and Key Stage Two. She was a mathematics advisory teacher for four years before joining St Martin's and has a particular interest in early years mathematics. More About Author

John Dudgeon

John Dudgeon has taught at a wide range of primary schools. John is particularly interested in the effective use of mathematical resources. More About Author

Fiona Mort

Fiona Lawton is currently developing online materials to support teaching and learning in mathematics and is researching the underpinning pedagogy of e-learning. More About Author

Liz Surtees

Liz Surtees has taught at both secondary and primary level and has a particular interest in statistics. More About Author