#1MinCPD: How To Embed Maths Strategies

Reading Time: 1 minute

Do your pupils forget core maths strategies?

Remembering maths strategies is hard going but not impossible. Try these seven ideas to embed mathematical strategies once and for all!

Remember the maths

  1. Repeat the strategy verbally working through examples, step by step.
  2. Model the strategy silently, asking a child to narrate as you model.
  3. Ask pupils to talk their partners through the strategy, missing one key step. Partners have to identify the missing step.
  4. Ask pupils to create an instructional poster for the strategy or make a vlog to explain it.
  5. Provide the strategy steps on strips of paper. Ask pupils to order the steps as rapidly as they can. As a challenge, throw in a random step to see if they can identify it as unnecessary.
  6. Share the strategy with parents and carers to ensure no confusion between home and school approaches.
  7. Buy some menu holders and place strategy posters inside them. Put a menu holder on each table.

Why are they good strategies?

Many mathematical strategies can contain multiple steps, making them easy to forget! Once a strategy is fully understood and embedded, it can become automatic, making the work easier.

Tip

Once a strategy is embedded, remove the support and scaffolding to allow pupils to retrieve the steps from their memory instead.

Hanna Beech

Hanna Beech has been teaching for ten years and has a range of experience across Key Stages 1 and 2 in a large Primary School in Kent. She is a phase leader for Years 3 and 4, and also leads on teaching and learning for the setting. Her absolute passion is pupil wellbeing and involvement, and finding ways to ensure that learning is optimised for all. She is fascinated by all subjects relating to education, but spends a lot of time reading around the science behind learning and the learning brain.

Leave a Reply

Your e-mail address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.