Published on 02/03/14
Mental maths, as well as learning a bank of key mathematical facts, is a vital part of any child's development.
Facts, such as bonds to ten or one hundred or multiplication facts, underpin all the mathematical calculations and understanding that a child needs to make progress in mathematics.
Those children that can recall, at pace, a bank of key facts find calculating far easier as they can focus on the main process rather than the smaller calculations on the way. Furthermore those children who can manipulate these facts to determine the inverses stand themselves in good stead to have solid foundations in mathematical calculation. For example not just knowing that 2 x 4 = 8 but also that 8 is made up of 4 lots of 2 or that 8 / 2 = 4. Having a solid grasp of these facts then enables the children to make links to other facts such as 20 x 4 = 80 or 80 / 40 = 20.
At the Stephen Perse Foundation PrePreps we support our children to learn these facts in a fun way by using a multitude of games to engage the children in developing their own bank of facts. Recently we held a maths workshop for parents to share some of the games we play in school and shared further games that they can play at home to support their child in mental mathematics.
The video clip shares with you some of the activities that we suggest can support the children in learning mental maths facts. Thanks to those parents, and the children of course, who supported this event at our Brookside and Madingley PrePreps at the Stephen Perse Foundation.
I hope this video inspires you to support your child at home to build a good foundation for calculation.