Mathematics: Becoming mentally agile – developing mental fluency through efficiency, accuracy and flexibility

Why is this important?

Being able to make connections in mathematics is key to developing mental fluency. Through carefully constructed opportunities, children can make the essential links that connect mathematical relationships and secure conceptual understanding.
“To the person without number sense, arithmetic is a bewildering territory in which any deviation from the known path may rapidly lead to being totally lost.” Dowker (1992).
This session will provide guidance to support teachers in how they can develop both procedural and conceptual fluency.

How will it impact?

By accessing this professional development, you will:

  • develop your own subject knowledge of mental calculation and explore some common misconceptions;
  • have the opportunity to explore how different manipulatives can be used to support pupils’ learning to move from the concrete to the abstract;
  • consider ways to develop rich mathematical talk that gives children opportunities to use those higher-level skills of comparing, explaining and justifying;
  • develop an understanding of progression in mental calculation;
  • become confident in the aims and programmes of study as set out in the National Curriculum.

Who is the professional development for?

Phase: Primary Special Non-maintained

Target Group(s): Teachers and teaching assistants

What format will it take?

Half day INSET

Learning Exchange member fee: £375 per school
Non-member fee: £500 per school

Staff meeting/twilight

2 x 2 hour sessions

Learning Exchange member fee: £480 per school
Non-member fee: £680 per school

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