Multiply your opportunities to facilitate maths ‘fluency’

The national curriculum target for mathematical fluency has led to a narrow focus on calculation skills in primary. But Katie Bentley argues outcomes could be improved by taking a broader approach that makes connections across subject strands

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At first, I agreed with everyone else. I went through the guidance, the blogs and the articles and I came to the same conclusion: what the new national curriculum for maths meant by “fluency” was being efficient, being accurate and demonstrating flexibility when calculating.

After all, the phrase “ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately” suggests a number and calculations focus.

And yet, it never felt quite right. As time moved on, I became increasingly convinced that the definition did not make sense.

So, I went back to the national curriculum aim on fluency and ...

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