Thursday, February 26, 2015



About the course

This course provides teachers with a practical approach to the teaching of Mathematics from junior infants to sixth class, looking at each of the strands in the Maths Curriculum. It highlights the importance of allowing pupils to work with concrete materials while practising the language of Mathematics.

The course allows teachers to look at the strands and strand units, providing them with opportunities and strategies to engage with actual lessons and practical lesson plans. In conclusion, the course allows teachers to look at assessment and how this important area of the curriculum is linked to their planning and teaching in the classroom.


Key Topics Covered

The key topics covered in this course are:

  • Introduction to the Mathematics Curriculum, and EMA and Number in the Infant Classes
  • Practical Strategies for Teaching Maths in the Infant Classes
  • Teaching the Maths Strands in First and Second Class
  • Teaching the Maths Strands in Third and Fourth Class
  • Teaching the Maths Strands in Fifth and Sixth Class

Key Objectives

The objectives of this course are to:

  • Facilitate an understanding of all aspects of teaching number and early mathematical activities in infant classes
  • Highlight the benefits of the explicit teaching of mathematical language and strategies in infants
  • Demonstrate the benefits of organising opportunities for children to purposefully practise mathematical language using concrete materials
  • Provide teachers with a working knowledge of strands and strand units at different class levels
  • Inspire confidence in the teacher’s classroom approach and application of the given lessons
  • Provide teachers with practical, workable lesson plans
  • Link assessment with planning, teaching and learning


Course Co-author

Alison Coffey



Alison Coffey is a primary school teacher with more than 20 years' teaching experience throughout the primary school range. She is currently teaching Senior Infants. Her teaching experience covers a variety of settings from shared area to Montessori, and from mainstream to resource teacher for children with special educational needs (SEN).

In 2003, she completed a Master of Education (Hons.) specialising in SEN. She has also been involved in policy development in the areas of substance use, differentiation and Traveller education.


Course Co-author

Eileen Breen

Eileen obtained an honours degree in Mathematical Studies and Nua Ghaeilge in NUI Maynooth and her Graduate Diploma in Primary Education in Mary Immaculate College.

She has undertaken Capacity Training in Mathematics and Science in conjunction with the PCSP and the Dublin West Education Centre during the 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 school years. She has taught in mainstream classrooms for the past seven years, with experience mainly in teaching multi-class level 3rd-6th classes.

She has also delivered night courses in Maths and Science workshops in the Cork Education Support Centre in 2008. In addition, she delivered a summer course in the Tralee Education Centre in July 2008. Currently, Eileen is completing an M.Sc. in Science Education (Primary Science in WIT).



What does the course involve?    

The format for a Hibernia College Online CPD Course is as follows:

  • 5 fully interactive lessons complete with audio, links and exercises to complete
  • A moderated discussion forum to answer course-related questions, share you experiences with your teaching colleagues and communicate with your facilitator
  • A Reflective Learning Log where you reflect on your understanding of the course and how you will use it in your day to day teaching
  • A course is expected to take 20 hours to complete
  • Each course has a facilitator who will be in contact with you regularly and whom you can contact by email with any queries before or during the course

If you have any queries regarding this course please e-mail the Course Director


Technical Requirements

To take this course you will need to have access to a standard PC (desktop or laptop) with speakers or a headset for the audio, and broadband internet access.

If you do not have broadband at home you may consider using either school facilities, your local Education Centre or an internet cafe.  If you are ONLY able to access the internet via a normal phone dial-up connection and wish to take one of our courses please contact us for further advice.


Technical Support

Whilst every effort is made to ensure our courses are as user-friendly as possible, there may be occasions when you will have a technical query. The Hibernia College Technical Support Team will be available to you throughout your course.

There are two methods of logging a query with the team:

  • via our Online Helpdesk (issues can be logged any time and will be responded to the following week day)
  • by telephone to our Westport office (calls are taken between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday): 098 28382

Please visit the Help & FAQs page for further information

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