Year 6 Mental Addition and Subtraction: Manipulate the Calculation

Year 6 Mental Addition and Subtraction: Manipulate the Calculation

WOW Lesson

Join Maths expert, Dave Godfrey, as he shares a lesson that aims to equip children with an efficient mental method for addition and subtraction. This lesson encourages children to play with a calculation. Children are equipped with a story, story characters and a catchphrase to help them remember and use this strategy. 'Many Year 6 teachers become very frustrated when their children use formal strategies for calculations that could easily be solved using mental methods. This lesson aims to model how to teach mental strategies with the hooks that will enable children to remember and use these strategies when the opportunities arise.'

Key Stage 2

Year 6

  • Mathematics
  • Number - addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
  • perform mental calculations, including with mixed operations and large numbers
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