Forty Pence Each or Two for a Pound

Making maths memorable, accessible and relevant

By: Danielle Bartram


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Size: 222 x 182mm
Pages : 192
ISBN : 9781785830129
Format: Paperback
Published: November 2017

Shares a wealth of practical resources and ideas to help teachers develop a whole-school commitment to, and enthusiasm for, improving numeracy.

In Forty Pence Each or Two for a Pound: Making maths memorable, accessible and relevant, Danielle Bartram shares a wealth of practical resources and ideas to help teachers develop a whole-school commitment to, and enthusiasm for, improving numeracy.

How many times have you heard someone say they can't do maths'? This attitude and acceptance of it appears to be endemic, but being bad at maths ' or excusing innumeracy as maths-phobia ' can no longer be tolerated. Danielle Bartram, of Miss B's Resources fame, has made it her mission to remedy this issue and believes that learners should have a basic concept of number and problem solving in order to stop them being ripped off by companies when purchasing items, insurance or moving energy suppliers later on in life.

For this reason, she has specifically designed Forty Pence Each or Two for a Pound to give the teaching and learning of numeracy a firm foundation in everyday contextual settings so that students can transfer the logical and functioning skills inherent in mathematical understanding to real-world contexts.

With the new Ofsted criteria focus on numeracy, all teachers will want to develop their maths teaching practice. Forty Pence Each or Two for a Pound contains plenty of ideas to help teachers of all subject specialisms to do just that, and tackles students' maths-phobia head on by providing an invaluable collection of 31 ready-to-use activities and resources to improve their enthusiasm for, and confidence in, the applied use of maths. Danielle has achieved this by shifting away from a prescribed list of maths-teaching techniques and instead presents a treasure trove of exciting, lesson-ready ideas held together by six numeracy links – number, functional skills, graphs and statistics, problem solving, shapes and measures, and formulae and equations – that can be embedded across the full curriculum.

The 31 resources are tagged with their relevant numeracy links to indicate the mathematical territory covered (e.g. graphs and statistics), and are also divided into six categories ' literacy, exploration, engagement, classroom management, marking and reflection, and organisation and presentation ' for ease of identification while flicking through the book. Danielle complements each activity with useful mathematical pointers, such as the language to be used and the numerical concepts that students often struggle with or have misconceptions about, and has made all of the resources available as PDF downloads from her Miss B's Resources website via a specific link provided in the book. Beyond the more practical provision of strategies and resources, Forty Pence Each or Two for a Pound also offers expert guidance on the shaping of numeracy coordination across the school and presents example audit grids to serve as an outline of how students' progress with each numeracy link can be monitored.

Suitable for numeracy coordinators and teachers of all subjects, in both primary and secondary settings, who want to embed into their lessons the numeracy skills that their students will need in everyday life.

Contents include:

Chapter 1. What is Numeracy?

Chapter 2. Numeracy4All Chain

Chapter 3. Breaking Up the Journey

Chapter 4. Numeracy Links

Chapter 5. Subject Knowledge

Chapter 6. The 31 Prime Resources and Ideas

Chapter 7. Enthusiasm

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Danielle Bartram

Danielle Bartram is a maths lead practitioner and numeracy coordinator with a genuine passion for her subject. She developed the national campaign #Numeracy4All, regularly presents at events across the country, and is also a member of the UK TES maths panel and of the AQA expert panel. Danielle has designed resources used by thousands of teachers around the world and tweets @missbsresources.


  1. As ITT Lead and a past Numeracy Lead, Forty pence each or two for a pound has provided a support for our NQT mathematicians- it has given them a base to really understand the complexities of numeracy. 

    At last a book which explains numeracy to the layman and provides clear ways to contextualise the skills- this helped to bring a GCSE foundation to the KS3 curriculum.

    Innovative nature

    Having been Numeracy Lead it was impossible to find texts suitable for non-specialists. Forty pence each of two for a pound is the first text to give every day- real-life examples of the importance of numerical methods. It refuses to allow the concept of being bad at maths as an excuse- this in itself is innovation at its best.

    The book is easy to read - to dip in and dip out of or simply read as one would a novel. Its pedagogy is sound and relevant to today's school curriculum.

    Impact on Learning

    In our Academy we have weekly numeracy sessions delivered by non -specialists. These are, on occasion mixed ability groups and as there is no examination or formal assessment many learners lack engagement.

    Due to Forty pence each of two for a pound this is being used to provide an engaging SOW pitched at all levels for all learners across KS3&4. This is being written by four colleagues and will be presented to all staff in September 2018.

    The proposed impact will not only be to improve basic numeracy levels but also to expand the use of numerical literacy which will support those preparing for GCSE and beyond. Over 50% of our learners are EAL and so the language and cultural barriers and going to be bridged allowing for greater attainment across all aspects of the curriculum for these learners.

    The title supports and enhances

    We often talk about hooks in learners when we try and get our learners engaged- pedagogy is fundamental to everything we do- research based reports give us ideas and guidance. To have a refreshing humorous title which engages any reader is simply an act of genius by Ms Bartram. The gentle humour snakes through the book allowing for the initial motivating title to last throughout the read.

    Cost effectiveness

    Can we put a price on CPD?

    One book - a group of colleagues and some time - collaboration is the gift which just keeps giving and Forty pence each of two for a pound is the text to do just that.
  2. I am a mathematics teacher educator at the University of Limerick in Ireland. I am constantly on the lookout for helpful resources for my student teachers. Two areas they find particularly difficult are how to sources examples of and embed applications of real life mathematics and numeracy in the classroom.

    I came across the above mentioned book on twitter and got a copy. I was very impressed with the content. It is extremely practical and gives so many lovely examples of how to embed numeracy in the classroom. It is very reasonable priced too.

    My second semester starts at the end of the month and I will be referring to the material in my lectures (mathematics knowledge for teaching module) and will be encouraging the students to purchase their own copy.
  3. As a youngster in West London, I developed my enthusiasm for number by working on a fruit stall in Hammersmith market and talking with my grandmother who bet on a daily  basis on the horses with  the milkman, and  at the White City dog track on a Friday. How well I remember calling out “two pound a bob for bananas and three oranges a tanner!!  When I taught maths and  physical education in Worlds End Chelsea and in Ladbroke Grove, many of the pupils worked on the markets in North End Road and Portobello Road. Their skills with money were excellent but, they didn't like maths!!

    It was a pleasure to read this excellent book by Danielle Bartram who demonstrates strategies to bring numeracy to life and making “maths matter” within all curriculum areas. The author shows  enthusiasm and practical skills in abundance to make skills in maths memorable, accessible and above all relevant to the work and personal lives of students at all levels. In common with my own experiences at an early age in the market, the text is packed with practical ideas which will empower learners' skills and confidence in their understanding and application of numeracy within their areas of learning and personal lives. Readers will find the sections on numeracy links, engagement, making connections and the marking guide particularly stimulating.  

    This is an outstanding book for teachers and tutors in schools, colleges and work placed learning centres who are keen to motivate and promote and embed numeracy skills with the  large number of students who say “I can't do maths” and currently see numeracy as irrelevant within  their personal lives.
  4. Dinner is over. The bill arrives. All heads turn expectantly to the maths teacher in the group and the inevitable question is posed: -˜Well, how much should we each pay?'

    Let's be honest, this transaction should be possible without a trained mathematician. The scenario is often mirrored in schools too, with numeracy skills seen as the sole responsibility of maths teachers. In this helpful book, however, Danielle offers her top tips and provides some really practical, flexible lesson ideas to nurture numeracy in classrooms across the school, not just in the maths department.
  5. -˜Numeracy across the curriculum' is a phrase that I have never truly understood - something that is even more worrying given that I have been a school numeracy coordinator in the past. Does it just mean doing times tables in French and scattergraphs in geography? Now I know that it doesn't.

    With 31 activity types discussed, complete with teacher notes and variations, numeracy will no longer feel like an inconvenient bolt-on for non-maths teachers. This is an important book for those who have responsibility for sharing numeracy across their school, for those who aspire to do so and for the ever-growing numbers of non-maths specialist teachers wanting practical strategies to help mathematically reluctant students develop a love for the subject. I just wish this book had been around many years ago.
  6. Danielle Bartram manages to demystify mathematics by bringing the subject to life in a highly practical book that contains a plethora of ideas and activities. Forty Pence Each or Two for a Pound will build confidence in teachers looking to  incorporate numeracy into their lessons and will be particularly useful as a tool to support the development of policy across the school.
  7. The wonderful Danielle Bartram makes numerical literacy accessible to all in this masterclass which explains numeracy in context and gives it the boost needed to compete with its literacy cousin. Containing engaging topics, fun activities and contextual learning, Forty Pence Each or Two for a Pound will not only excite mathematicians, but also anyone who wants to promote a love of numeracy.

    This could be a missing Teachers' Standard.
  8. Danielle starts Forty Pence Each or Two for a Pound with an honest and open introduction that will resonate with a lot of readers, and her keen enthusiasm for maths shines throughout the book as you can actually hear her voice talking you through the processes. Danielle reinforces the key message that every teacher is a teacher of maths, and that maths is intrinsic in what we do. Numeracy can easily be enhanced through the use of her suggestions.

    Forty Pence Each or Two for a Pound provides a unique and coherent structure in the form of a numeracy chain which tackles six key themes. Using clear instruction, Danielle clarifies the multiple value of each resource as she guides you through a variety of tried and tested classroom approaches.

    Invaluable reading for anyone promoting numeracy across a school curriculum.
  9. Forty Pence Each or Two for a Pound is the essential guide that anyone with responsibility for numeracy in their school will want on their bookshelf, and on their mobile e-readers too.

    Packed with practical ideas for all, and written by someone who has transformed numeracy in her school and knows how to make numeracy count, Forty Pence Each or Two for a  Pound is a call to action for anyone who would ever say -˜I don't do maths'.
  10. Being numerate as well as literate underpins our daily lives, and it can be the key to unlocking many doors. In Forty Pence Each or Two for a Pound Danielle puts maths into an everyday context and enables teachers across all key stages to reach the disengaged student, the frightened-of-maths student, the -˜I can't do it' student, and those who have been told by their parents, -˜Don't worry, maths was never my strong point either.'

    Forwards is backwards sometimes, and in this book Danielle enables teachers to go back to make sure the foundations of mathematical learning are secure before moving onto the next step. As mathematical learning starts in the early years foundation stage, Forty  Pence Each or Two for a Pound provides the key messages that all teachers of maths and numeracy should know in order to support them in enthusing, enabling and empowering students with a love of mathematical learning. We may not all be teachers of mathematics, but we are all teachers of numeracy.

    Students often ask, -˜Miss, why do I need maths?' Forty Pence Each or Two for a  Pound answers this question by highlighting the fundamental basics of maths and by showing us why we all need to ensure our students are savvy and well equipped so that they can live their lives (and avoid being ripped off) with a secure foundation in mathematical application and understanding.
  11. In Forty Pence Each or Two for a Pound Danielle Bartram mentions the term -˜easy' twice as often as she does the word -˜hard', which gives us a strong indication of the application and usability of the book's vast array of mathematical content. From cover to cover, there are practical ideas and effective assessment and classroom-management strategies specially designed to engage learners and increase whole-school participation in maths.

    I wish Danielle had been my maths teacher - things may just have turned out differently!

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