# 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.

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.

##### Age 5 to 7

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Order these four calculations from easiest to hardest. How did you decide?

##### Age 5 to 7

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Which two items of fruit could Kate and Sam choose? Can you order the prices from lowest to highest?

##### Age 5 to 7

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Can you spot the mistake in this video? How would you work out the answer to this calculation?

##### Age 7 to 11

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Can you match these calculation methods to their visual representations?

##### Age 7 to 11

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Can you put these four calculations into order of difficulty? How did you decide?

##### Age 7 to 14

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Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.

##### Age 7 to 14

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Watch our videos of multiplication methods that you may not have met before. Can you make sense of them?