Basic Maths

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companyATV
started22nd Sep 1981
ended29th Jun 1982
last rpt2nd Jul 1984
3 school years
episodes28
duration15 mins
age rangeAge 7-9
languageenIn English
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ITV junior mathsHierarchyPrevious.gifPrevious series: Leapfrog Next series: Junior Maths HierarchyNext.gif

Basic Maths is an ITV schools TV series from the 1980s, covering Mathematics for primary school pupils.

A mathematical magazine for junior pupils, developed from the earlier series Leapfrog and sharing many ideas and film sequences in common with its predecessor, but with two relatively conventional presenters, Fred Harris and Mary Waterhouse, who talk to each other and the audience.

The programmes aimed to systematically build up viewers' knowledge of number bonds and number patterns, and provide pictures to help them to visualise and understand abstract mathematical ideas. There were recurring items across several episodes such as animations showing grouping and pattern making, times tables, abacus counting and basic algebra.

In the studio Mary and Fred try out games which could be continued in the classroom, discuss solutions, sing songs, and use TV camera tricks to illustrate different topics.

Episodes

# Title Broadcast
1. Lines 1 22 Sep 1981
2. Lines 2 29 Sep 1981
3. Grouping and Counting 6 Oct 1981
4. Number 13 Oct 1981
5. Mirrors 20 Oct 1981
6. Pattern 1 3 Nov 1981
7. Paths 1 10 Nov 1981
8. Time 17 Nov 1981
9. Five 24 Nov 1981
10. Images 1 Dec 1981
11. Tiling 19 Jan 1982
12. Overlaps 26 Jan 1982
13. Ten 2 Feb 1982
14. Shadows 9 Feb 1982
15. Pattern 2 16 Feb 1982
16. Paths 2 2 Mar 1982
17. Transformation 9 Mar 1982
18. Points of View 16 Mar 1982
19. Growth 23 Mar 1982
20. What If...? 30 Mar 1982
21. Odds and Evens 4 May 1982
22. Combining 11 May 1982
23. Large Numbers 18 May 1982
24. Rules 25 May 1982
25. Area 8 Jun 1982
26. Surfaces 15 Jun 1982
27. Pendulums 22 Jun 1982
28. Summer 29 Jun 1982

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