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Primary maths

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. The accompanying digital resources help pupils consolidate and extend their knowledge.

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.

If you are interested to know more about Star Maths, please contact magdalena.lindberg @ otava.fi!

Pupil's Materials

Star Maths 1a

  • 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

Demopages (in Finnish)

Star Maths 1b

  • 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

Demopages (in Finnish)

Star Maths 2a

  • 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

Demopages (in Finnish)

Star Maths 2b

  • 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

Demopages (in Finnish)

Star Maths 3a

  • 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

Demopages (in Finnish)

Star Maths 3b

  • 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

Demopages (in Finnish)

Star Maths 4a

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

Demopages (in Finnish)

Star Maths 4b

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

Demopages (in Finnish)

Star Maths 5a

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

Demopages (in Finnish)

 

Star Maths 5b

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

Star Maths 6a

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

Star Maths 6b

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

Teacher's Materials

Teacher’s Guide

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.

Answer Key

The answers to the exercises in the coursebook are available as a separate printed booklet (in Finnish & Swedish).

Digital Materials

Digital teacher’s resources (in Finnish & Swedish)

The Tuhattaituri digital teacher’s resources are easy to use. They include everything you need during the lesson. You can also search and filter the content. The digital resources work on all platforms.

  • The ‘Let’s learn!’ section contains materials to help you teach and explain each concept.
  • The ‘Practice’ section contains tasks to practise the lesson material.
  • The ‘Think about it’ contains brainteasers and mental arithmetic exercises.
  • The ‘Story’ tab contains a recording of the story for each lesson.
  • The digital resources also include a PDF of the Teacher’s Guide, including appendices and tests.
  • The tools include a number of useful functions that support your teaching.
  • You can add notes for specific lessons to help your lesson planning and teaching. Your notes are saved automatically.
  • You can display pages from the coursebook with answers. Zoom and click to show individual tasks.

Get aquainted with the Digital teacher’s resources in our DEMO>

Extra digital exercises for pupils (in Finnish & Swedish)

Pupils can select two different levels of extra exercises for each lesson. These exercises are designed to reinforce and support your presentation of the relevant material. They also include voice recordings of mental arithmetic problems and a skills track game. Pupils can use these materials on a computer or tablet, at school or at home.

Get acquainted with the digital exercises in our DEMO >>

The Tuhattaituri Scratch Studio (in Finnish & Swedish)

The graphical programming environment in Scratch lets pupils practise basic computing concepts. The Studio includes five projects for pupils as well as completed examples for teachers. Instructional videos present the basic functionalities of Scratch and explain how pupils can code their projects. The digital teaching resources for Tuhattaituri 3–5 include links to the Scratch Studio.