About the Series
Orient BlackSwan’s Maths Time: Maths Time is a graded series of ten books for students of mathematics from pre-primary to middle school levels.The books are in line with the National Curriculum Framework and follow the guidelines laid down by the NCERT. They meet all CCE requirements. The strength of the series lies in its focus on both concepts and skills.
Classes 1 to 5
The chapter structure is as follows.
- Check what I know recalls previously taught concepts and skills.
- The Concept Section focuses on developing an understanding of concepts.
  • Activities, solved and semi-sloved examples and Maths Lab Activities are used.
  • Concepts are consolidated through simple exercies and application-based questions.
  • In Check It! students discover commonly committed mistakes.
- The Skills Section focuses on developing calculation, application and higher-order skills.
  • Mixed Bag sharpens understanding through MCQs and calculaion skills through mixed practice pitched at a higher level.
  • Mental Maths includes tricks for quick mental calculations.
  • Story Sums and Cross-curricular Questiions develop the skill of applying maths to everyday situations and across subjects.
  • Value-based questions and Life Skills guide the holistic development of students.
  • Heritage Corner exposes children to and develops pridein our maths heritage.
- A Fun Activity is included in each chapter.
Classes 6 to 8
The chapter structure is as follows.
Learning outcomes
Learning outcomes at the beginning of every lesson serve to clarify, organise and systematise learning. They specify the goals to be achieved by students by the end of the lesson.
Check what you know
The exercises in this section encourage students to revisit concepts previously learnt and draw from the knowledge and skills they already possess. The idea is to help students progress from the known to the unknown in a self-assured manner.
Solved examples
The solved examples in each lesson illustrate concepts clearly and lead students from guided to independent learning.
Rapid check
These exercises help students evaluate their understanding of a concept immediately after it has been taught.
Concept-based exercises
In this section exercises follow each of the concepts explained. These exercises are embedded after each concept to help the teacher assess the understanding of students and give adequate drill to them.
- Skill-based questions
These provide a range of tasks that foster application skills. They include:
  • Mental maths: These exercises stimulate the mind and help students practise maths strategies without pen and paper.
  • Work it out and challenge round: These exercises pitch problems at varied levels of difficulty and provide adequate drill to sharpen their mathematical skills.
  • Cross-curricular applications: Students apply mathematical concepts and skills learnt to answer questions relating to subjects like science, commerce, geography and architecture among others.
  • Multiple choice questions: These questions involve a range of skills including cognitive and logical reasoning. They are designed to assess student performance.
  • Questions to test Higher Order Thinking Skills: Questions that require students to apply, interpret and analyse concepts are included in every lesson. These questions also test their ability to think critically and logically.
Important Concepts and definitions
Important concepts and definitions are compiled at the end of each lesson which the students can access and refer to easily.
Problem Solving
This section helps students develop problem solving strategies through practice.
Maths lab activities
These activities where students get to apply the skills acquired provide hands-on experience for strengthening the concepts.
Heritage Corner and Famous Mathematicians
This is an earnest attempt to expose students to our rich heritage in Mathematics and to instill a sense of pride in our past achievements in this field.
Life skills and values
These exercises present real-life situations which involve application of mathematical skills. Values that will stand students in good stead are also imparted. The holistic development of students is thus ensured.
Projects provide students with opportunities for team work and aim at developing 21st century skills of research, application, communication and presentation.
Weblinks provide relevant internet sites that students can access for project work and for further learning.
Self-assessment, Summative Assessment, Open-text-based Assessment (practice papers) and Maths Olympiad papers are value additions.
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