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Primary Mathematics - Mental Strategies: Facts and related facts at KS1

To develop understanding of the importance of fluency in mental strategies and learn how to develop reasoning about number using the CPA approach.

Multi-session course for

All KS1 teachers

Presented by

Natalie Ivey - General Inspector/Adviser for Mathematics


Young children benefit from being supported to calculate rather than use 'counting' from an early age. Through using concrete resources and developing reasoning about number, children start to see patterns and explore links, helping them to develop efficient mental calculation methods.

One of the three aims of the new mathematics national curriculum in England (DfE, 2013) is that all pupils will:

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.

There will be two half days plus gap tasks where teachers will be asked to develop their own practice and that of at least one colleague in their school.

Course aims:

  • explore the importance of counting as fundamental in early mental calculation.
  • develop confidence in planning to deliver the aims of the National Curriculum.
  • provide useful guidance on securing and using number bonds in a range of contexts and early multiplication and division.
  • give opportunities to explore a range of activities to promote reasoning about number and gain a greater understanding of the concepts and aims of the National Curriculum.
  • give teachers strategies to prepare pupils for the depth of reasoning required for ARE and the Arithmetic paper and Reasoning paper in KS1 SATs.


standard rate

Provided by: Hampshire Teaching and Leadership College

Course code: MATH0220

Standard rate: £228

Subscribers: £190

SLA: £125