At St James’ CE Primary, we place great emphasis on calculating skills, both mental and formal written calculations.
Our Mental Calculations guide is a summary of some of the most useful mental calculation strategies. Please support your child by talking through different methods, being aware that there are often various ways to work something out (and rarely one right way). Remember these are mental calculations, so they’re quite hard to explain on paper – please ask if you’re unsure.
Parents often ask for advice about how to support their children with calculations. Often, they don’t want to confuse things by teaching children new methods, but don’t know how we do things in school – things have changed a lot! One of our Sphere Federation partner schools has created some videos to demonstrate how we teach calculations, especially written calculations, in school – check out their site.