Mental maths and fluency

Across the school we are working hard to ensure that children are supported to learn their key mathematical number patterns and facts.

Documents below explain what are key aims are for each year group.  What number facts they need to learn, understand and practise.

To develop fluency children need to understand what they are learning, why they are learning these number facts and how they relate to each other.

For example the two times table is a common pattern.  We often count in twos.  It helps with doubling and halving.  If you learn the pattern 

All numbers in the two times table are even.  It is a simple repeatng patern.  If I understand it, I cna use this to count in 20s, 200s, 0.2 or even 2 million (as long as I am secure in my times table).

When I learn the two times table, I am also learning the division facts.  A simple array will help me understand how to do this and the connection betwene the facts.  When the children come to learn the x4, x6, x8 and x10 tables, their knowledge of this pattern will help them develop understanding.

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