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Mental Maths

What Is Mental Maths?

Mental maths refers to the rapid recall of number facts, for example, knowing your times tables off by heart or knowing without having to work it out, that 4 and 6 will make 10.

It is a vital skill that once learnt, your children will be able to use for the rest of their lives.

 

Here are some examples of mental maths.

 

Number Fact

Examples

Number bond to 10

3 + 7 = 10

4 + 6 = 10

Subtraction fact from 10

10—4 = 6

10—7 = 3

Number bond to 20

17 + 3 = 20

11+ 9 = 20

Counting in steps of 5

Reciting 5, 10, 15, 20, 25

Times tables

7 x 10 = 70

3 x 5 = 15

 

Mental Maths Challenges at Darley Dene

Click on the document below to read more about our Mental Maths Challenges at Darley Dene.

Top Tips for Mental Maths Practice!

Mental Maths can be practised anywhere, chant or sing your number bonds to 10 or your times tables on the bus, walking to the park, etc. There are loads of great songs on youtube (always remember to check the content first and supervise your child when using youtube).

 

If your child is a visual learner, try enlarging and displaying the mental maths they are working on around their bedroom, on the fridge or even round the bath!  If they find them challenging, try focusing on just a few at a time until they know them, then introduce more.

 

At Darley Dene, every child in KS1 and 2 has a Mathletics subscription. The subscription allows them to access a fun, interactive learning environment at school and at home. They can log into Mathletics through www.mathletics.co.uk or there is a free Mathletics app that you can download. If you are unsure of your child’s Mathletics log in, please ask your child’s class teacher.

 

Apps:

KS1

Wee Kids Maths. This app is good for children just starting to learn their number shapes and order (0-20), up to those starting out on addition and subtraction.

Medievel Maths

KS1 and 2

Math Bingo. Includes addition, subtraction, division and multiplication.

Squeebles Times Tables 2

Blackboard Madness Maths

KS2

Mr Thorne’s Times Table Terra

Mr Thorne’s Divide + Conquer

Mr Thorne’s Addition Space Station

 

Websites:

KS1

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ks1numeracy.html

http://www.ictgames.com/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/maths/

 

KS2

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/mental-maths

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/maths/number/mental_maths/play/

http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/maths/wordproblems/index.html

http://mathszone.co.uk/calculating/mental-addition/

http://mathszone.co.uk/calculating/mental-subtraction/

http://www.mathplayground.com/quick_calculate.html

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ks2numeracy.html

 

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