A Flexible Approach to Calculating

A Flexible Approach to Calculating

The tasks in this feature are designed to encourage learners to make, and justify, decisions about the method they use to solve a calculation. If we give pupils opportunities to choose a method that is well suited to a particular calculation, they will become curious, adventurous mathematicians, and are more likely to be accurate compared with following a procedure without reflecting first.

The last day for sending in solutions to our live problems is Monday 12 October.

Let's Get Flexible! 

Age 5 to 11
In this article for primary teachers, Ems outlines how we can encourage learners to be flexible in their approach to calculation, and why this is crucial.

Arranging Additions and Sorting Subtractions live

Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:
Order these four calculations from easiest to hardest. How did you decide?

Fruity Pairs live

Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:
Which two items of fruit could Kate and Sam choose? Can you order the prices from lowest to highest?

Subtraction Slip live

Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:
Can you spot the mistake in this video? How would you work out the answer to this calculation?

Picture Your Method live

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:
Can you match these calculation methods to their visual representations?

Compare the Calculations live

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:
Can you put these four calculations into order of difficulty? How did you decide?

Countdown 

Age 7 to 14 Challenge Level:
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.

Method in Multiplying Madness? live

Age 7 to 14 Challenge Level:
Watch our videos of multiplication methods that you may not have met before. Can you make sense of them?