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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

A lovely book - very well explained. Lots of detailed explanations about mistakes children make. This will be useful for trainee teachers but also students on a Childhood Studies/ Education Degree that has an element of maths education.

Mrs Nichola Evans
Education, Coleg Cambria
April 4, 2022

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