Teaching for mastery: fluency

Fluency diagramAchieving fluency in the fundamentals of mathematics

One of the aims of the national curriculum for mathematics is to ensure that all pupils 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.

Developing fluency requires a balance and connection between conceptual understanding and computational proficiency. On one hand, computational methods that are over-practised without understanding are often forgotten or remembered incorrectly… While, on the other hand, understanding without fluency can inhibit problem solving.
From ‘Developing Principles and Standards for School Mathematics’ (NCETM)

Teaching for Mastery: other topics

What is Teaching for Mastery?
Coherence and small steps
Representation and structure
Mathematical thinking

Downloads and other resources

Here you can download the presentation, some multiplication and division tables to use in the classroom, and some useful ‘Timetables Challenges’ produced by Sandgate Primary School.

Title Download
Timetables Challenges
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Maths fluency: multiplication tables
  1 files      49 downloads
Maths fluency: division tables
  1 files      34 downloads
The three phases of fact fluency
  1 files      41 downloads

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