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Fluency - Number facts and Multiplication tables

Mutliplication and Number Facts 

Having good recall and fluency of multiplication and number facts are key in enabling pupils to apply their knowledge.

 

What is Fluency?

Fluency has 3 main elements to it:

Efficiency - this implies that children do not get bogged down in too many steps or lose track of the logic of the strategy. An efficient strategy is one that the student can carry out easily, keeping track of sub-problems and making use of intermediate results to solve the problem.
Accuracy depends on several aspects of the problem-solving process, among them careful recording, knowledge of number facts and other important number relationships, and double-checking results.
Flexibility requires the knowledge of more than one approach to solving a particular kind of problem, such as two-digit multiplication. Students need to be flexible in order to choose an appropriate strategy for the numbers involved, and also be able to use one method to solve a problem and another method to check the results.

So fluency demands more of students than memorising a single procedure – they need to understand why they are doing what they are doing and know when it is appropriate to use different methods.

 

Developing Fluency at St Austin's

To help to support the development of the pupils fluency we:

-Use Power Maths power ups which revisit key fluency concepts

-Teach fluency patterns and incorporate this into home learning through a stage approach (see pupil fluency booklets)

-Pupils have online access to Numbots (KS1), TTRS (KS2) and Century Tech online learning (KS2) - (see Powerpoint links below to find out more about Numbots and TTRS)

Additional guidance on fluency can be found in the DFE publication Maths KS 1 and KS2 July 2020.

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