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Progression in Mental Maths Policy

This policy aims to give Pelham Primary School teachers guidance linked to the progression in teaching and learning of mental calculations from Nursery to year 6.




The aim at Pelham Primary School is that by the end of Key Stage 2, children should be able to use an efficient method for each operation confidently and with understanding. It is encouraged that children recognise how and when to use mental methods to work out a calculation.


For calculations that they cannot do in their heads they choose an appropriate written method which they can use accurately and with confidence (refer to written calculation policy).