Back-to-Front Maths

Back-to-Front Maths is a teaching approach where students:

  1. Start by experimenting with unfamiliar concepts to develop new ideas. This process also guides the teacher to uncover and confront misconceptions.
  2. Students explore their new ideas and connect with familiar maths.
  3. Students formalise their findings into mathematical principles, including algorithms and formulae.
  4. Students extend and generalise the new mathematical principles that they have learned to other areas of the curriculum.

Therefore, students have to think harder and explore new concepts before the teacher gives the formal explanations. This helps maths to stick better, builds new connections in the brain and significantly improves students results as well as making maths more engaging.