Mental maths: the secrets to success in Lower Key Stage 2

Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage, Robertson House, Six Hills Way
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Target Audience
Classroom Teachers / Newly Qualified Teachers / NQT +1 / Senior Leaders / Subject Leaders
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Course Types
Course categories
Academies and Schools (including EYFS)
Leadership and Management / Mathematics / Special Educational Needs / Support Staff
Event Description
Five reasons why we should teach mental maths to our pupils:
1. it develops deep conceptual understanding, increasing their overall understanding of number
2. it relieves cognitive load and frees working memory allowing them to focus on new learning
3. it is a critical life skill
4. it increases confidence in and enjoyment of maths
5. it will improve their overall achievement in mathematics.

How do we, as teachers, ensure that all pupils are provided with an enabling learning environment that allows them to develop varied, adaptive and efficient calculation strategies? This course is supported by the HfL Mental Maths progression document which provides teachers and pupils with a sequenced approach so that new knowledge and skills systematically build on previous learning.

Come and enjoy a day full of practical ideas that will ignite your pupils’ ability to work mentally with facts at their fingertips and strategies aplenty. This course is aimed at LKS2 teachers and is part of the suite of mental mathematics: the secret to success courses.
Training objectives
Learning outcomes
By attending the course, participants will:

  • acquire an understanding of the approaches that enable effective learning develop practical approaches that motivate and have impact

  • explore the underpinning knowledge to be secured so that mental strategy can flourish

Additional Information
Start Date
Tuesday 1 October 2019
End Date
Tuesday 1 October 2019
Closing Date
Monday 30 September 2019
09:00 - 16:00
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