MATHS PROBLEMS, MEET BAR MODELS
As Maths specialists, we know what will help pupils clearly understand concepts and at the same time make teaching easier for the vast majority of teachers. We are very passionate about Bar Models because Bar Modelling, for us, is the most impressive and effective way to understand many aspects of the Maths curriculum at Primary level and a good portion at Secondary level.
We feel that the Bar Model approach will develop a child’s understanding of Maths at nearly every level. From basic number sense to high-level reasoning skills, the Bar Model approach, when taught in the right way, can support all children – whether they are slower learners or whether they are already advanced learners at every age group.
Simply put, if your school isn’t using the Bar Model approach consistently throughout each and every year group, then you are missing out on an effective strategy which will benefit your school children, teachers and the whole school community.
The above infographic shows where some countries are placed in the most recent TIMSS (2015) benchmark for Maths – Year 5.
What is Bar Modelling?
OK, so you are intrigued? So here is the dull and boring bit. In essence, Bar Modelling is a way to illustrate a problem by using bars. Doesn’t seem that interesting or revolutionary right?
Well according to the teachers that we have trained, it is absolutely amazing and they truly don’t know how they have been living without it all this time. Enticing?
The Bar Model approach has changed my life! Teaching problem-solving has been so much of a different experience than previously.
– Various Teachers
Why use the Bar Model approach?
Problem-solving has always been an issue in classrooms. Bar Models give you a way to solve this issue!
Stretch those pupils who are excelling and give those who take longer a better chance to understand by using bar models.
Improve reasoning skills in your class.
Allow your pupils to visualise problems through the Concrete-pictorial-abstract approach.
Teach in a way where the steps taken in problem-solving questions are clearly seen rather than through rote.