Number Fluency

Fluency is the focus of one of the three aims of the new National Curriculum. In this feature we bring together some of the tasks which we think promote numerical fluency in an engaging way. Some of these are games which could be played again and again, whereas others are one-off challenges. The article looks at the meaning of fluency in the context of number, and how it can often be unintentionally misinterpreted.
In this article for primary teachers, Lynne McClure outlines what is meant by fluency in the context of number and explains how our selection of NRICH tasks can help.

Pairs of Numbers 

Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:
If you have ten counters numbered 1 to 10, how many can you put into pairs that add to 10? Which ones do you have to leave out? Why?

Totality live

Age 5 to 11 Challenge Level:
This is an adding game for two players.

Strike it Out 

Age 5 to 11 Challenge Level:
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.

Four Go 

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:
This challenge is a game for two players. Choose two of the numbers to multiply or divide, then mark your answer on the number line. Can you get four in a row?

Shape Times Shape 

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:
These eleven shapes each stand for a different number. Can you use the number sentences to work out what they are?

Mystery Matrix 

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:
Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.