Mr Ellis visits China!


Ni hao

In January Mr Ellis is visiting schools in the city of Shanghai to find out how children learn Maths.

Shanghai schools have the best results in the world and Mr Ellis will be finding out how teachers organise learning so that all children become masters in how to work out calculations.

Schools in Shanghai are also successful because of the attitudes children have towards maths. They have sayings such as:

Something hard,
becomes easy,
becomes habit,
becomes beautiful

to help them understand how they show the best learning habits.

Parents and rest of the family also play a huge part in the education of children in China. Mr Ellis is hoping to speak to parents, teachers and children to find out how this has such a massive impact on learning.

This is your chance to set Mr Ellis off on your own research mission! What do you want Mr Ellis to find out on his trip to China. You might want to think of a question you want him to ask the people he meets. You might want to find out about children’s attitude and what they use to help them understand Maths.

Parents and children need to write their questions for Mr Ellis and he will do his very best to find as much information as he can…!



85 thoughts on “Mr Ellis visits China!

    1. Would that depend William on what they understand as hard? It would be really great to know what maths do children do who are exactly the same age as you are…..the. You could decide if it were hard or easy?

  1. Hi Mr Ellis, when you go to Shanghi, could you ask the children what different ‘maths methods’ ( how hard is that to say out aloud?) they use and especially if they use the bus stop method for their division?

      1. That would be cool to learn that Ellie-Mae! Maybe you could teach some of the older ones when you have demolished your task!

      1. I’d like to know that too Harvey as we’ve been working really hard on it lately.
        Well done for sharing your learning at home Harvey.

      1. Yes that would be great I think everyone will be fantastic! Everyone has got a chance at everything haven’t they?!

    1. I think they must have good learning habits because if you look at international comparisons (the Government likes to do that a lot), they come really high. I’ll be interested to know how their learning ‘culture’ helps them to do this. Mrs M

  2. Do you have a head teacher? If so what’s their name? How many children in the school? What subjects do you have? Do you have computers? Do you have whiteboards? Does your school brake up in the holidays like us? Do you have blackboards? Is technology as good as ours in Shanghi schools? Do you work things out for tricky questions? Do you jot things down on some hard questions? Is everything easy or hard or in the middle? What is the name of your school? Please ask as many of these questions as you can Mr Ellis!


  3. It will be great if we could have a brand new club about doing learning habits, better homework, try to get higher levels and things about learning if there was a club like this starting in January I would join straight away!!!!!!

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    1. This is a really good question. I am hoping there will be more sayings I can pick up.
      Are there any sayings that we have in our culture that help us to think about how to tackle learning? I could do a sayings trade!
      Mr E

  4. Mr Ellis when you go to China can you find out how many people are in the schools please because I really want to know.

  5. Here are some of the questions Year 1 and 2 want Mr Ellis to find out about.

    How hard do they work?
    Do the teachers let the children learn independently?
    Do they have homework? Do children read every day at home?
    Do they have assemblies?
    What do they use to write with?
    Do they have house points like we do?
    In Chinese culture, what do they celebrate?
    How are the schools built and what material are they built from?

  6. I’ve not heard from Mr Ellis yet but as soon as I do I’ll let you know what he’s doing. I’m sure he’s very tired! Can you work out the time differences for me so we can see what time it is there compared to the UK? Mrs M

  7. I have found some words that mean greetings.
    Nice to meet you: Hajime mash’te
    Good morning: Ohayoo
    Good afternoon: konnichiwa
    Good evening: Konbanwa
    Good night: Oyasumi
    See you: jaa
    Goodbye: Sayonara

    These might come in handy.

    1. Do you mean are they better? I think that would depend on your point of view. I would guess they think their schools are better than ours…but I wonder if we’d feel differently about that! It really des depend on your point of view and what you know and is familiar? I wonder what you will think when Mr Ellis returns and tells us all about it? Mrs M

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