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Mental Methods

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This helpful ‘Mental Maths’ scheme of work for Year 6 will really help their mental arithmetic skills to soar as they explore how to use the understanding they already have of a variety of mathematical processes to solve increasingly tricky problems mentally. They will also explore brackets and the order of operations, all the while developing their mental maths skills!

 
#TheCompleteSeries5lessons

With lesson plans, detailed slides, differentiated activities to cater for every learner and a variety of printable resources, these Year 6 ‘Mental Maths’ lessons are a definite must-have.

#Lesson1ExploringStrategies

The first lesson in this series encourages your children to think about strategies they are already familiar with to solve a variety of calculations mentally. The slides recap some of these strategies for your class to practise altogether before their independent learning activities provide some fun opportunities to practise these skills for themselves.

 

 

What's included:

  • Lesson plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Calculation Webs
  • Skill Sets
#Lesson2ExploringBrackets

This lesson introduces your class to brackets, teaching them that calculations within brackets must always be solved before any other part of the calculation. Focussing on simple calculations with brackets, your class will get the chance to reinforce the mental maths strategies they practised during the previous lesson as they solve a variety of problems through some fun activities, including a game of Top Trumps!

 

 

What's included:

  • Lesson plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Top Trump Cards
  • Number Sentences
#Lesson3OrderofOperations

Now that your class understand the function of brackets within a calculation, they will explore what happens when a calculation has multiple operations that need solving. The slides go through how to solve brackets first, then multiplication and division, and finally addition and subtraction. With plenty of opportunities to practise during the teaching input, they can then tackle some increasingly tricky calculations independently.

 

 

What's included:

  • Lesson plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Worksheets
  • Challenge Cards
  • Domino Cards
#Lesson4MultipleOperations

By now, your class should have a basic understanding of the correct order of operations. This lesson extends their understanding by looking at what happens when you have all four operations within the same calculation. They will think about why the correct order of operations is important before solving a variety of calculations (mentally wherever possible) that include both multiplication and division, as well as brackets, addition and subtraction.

 

 

What's included:

  • Lesson plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Clue Cards
  • Code Translator
  • Key Sheet and Key Cards
  • Challenge Cards
  • Worksheets
#Lesson5MultiplyingMultiples

After doing some times tables problem-solving, the slides for this lesson go on to help your class explore what happens when you multiply numbers up to 12 with a multiple of ten, a hundred or a thousand, such as 600 x 70. Using their knowledge of basic multiplication facts, your class will soon be able to solve problems involving larger numbers at the drop of a hat!

 

 

What's included:

  • Lesson plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Game Board
  • Number Cards
  • Calculation Cards
  • Worksheet
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Curriculum Objectives covered
  • Year 6 - perform mental calculations, including with mixed operations and large numbers
  • Year 6 - use their knowledge of the order of operations to carry out calculations involving the four operations
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