Current mathematics research stresses that mental computation strategies should form the basis of every student’s mathematical tool kit. These books help teachers to introduce, and make explicit, mental computation strategies to enable students to become proficient users of mental computation in everyday life. The books can be used on their own or in conjunction with the Natural Maths Strategies Poster Packs.
Each book provides:
• Images of 18 posters that outline key mental computation strategies
• A CD-ROM that allows you to print the posters in a format that suits your needs – from full colour A3 to black-and-white A4 size
• Suggestions for introducing the posters to a class and for using them as a part of the everyday maths lesson
• Support activities to ensure that all students have mastered the strategies
• Extension ideas for investigations based on the posters
About the series:
Based on world’s best practice! This primary school maths series provides the core knowledge and understanding of the “big ideas” or concepts students require to become confident and enthusiastic maths users. Each book is organised into units of work based on the current research into the developmental sequence in which students generally acquire those concepts.
Each unit is divided into five sections:
1. Mental routines – 10 minute lesson starters with suggested closed, open and flip questions designed to engage students and arouse their enthusiasm.
2. Problematised situations – challenges that encourage students to work mathematically with open-ended “real life” situations and construct their own ideas. These lessons include a reflection session where mathematical language is used to describe successful strategies and more formal methods are introduced and demonstrated.
3. Investigations – open-ended investigations to encourage students to test and extend their skills.
4. Games – fun activities designed to reinforce the strategies developed in each unit.
5. Assessment activities – consolidation activities that students should readily accomplish at the end of each unit.
The activities in each unit are supported be the use of readily available concrete materials, as well as over 50 photocopiable activity sheets and task cards.