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Fluency in Mental Arithmetic in Years 3 and 4

Audience: Primary
Multiple sessions
  • Primary School Improvement Training Package
  • Key Stage 2

Brief Overview

With the introduction of formal columnar methods in KS2, it is easy to lose sight of the importance of mental arithmetic. This course will look at the underpinning concepts which pupils need to secure in order to be able to confidently and efficiently calculate in their heads. It will also explore different scenarios where mental calculation is the best option for speed and efficiency.

Please note: This is a two-part course. Delegates must commit to attending both sessions and completing the intersessional tasks. Session One will focus on addition and subtraction; Session Two will explore multiplication and division.


Learning Outcomes

  • Reflect on the aims of the National Curriculum for Mathematics and the definitions of Mastery and Mastery with Greater Depth, considering the intention behind them.
  • Understand the core concepts which need to be embedded for pupils to be flexible thinkers.
  • Explore a range of possible methods that could be used to solve addition, subtraction, multiplication and division problems.
  • Build a bank of approaches to broaden and deepen pupils' knowledge of number and calculation strategies.



  • Session 1 - 05/12/2023 13:30  -  16:30
  • Session 2 - 08/02/2024 13:30  -  16:30

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Delivered by

  • Sarah Carpenter