In Year 6 we have been working really hard on our mental maths skills. We have learnt that maths is not always about getting the correct answer but more about the strategies that we used to get the answer. At the beginning of the week, we all saw large numbers as difficult numbers that we would need to use a written method for, but by the end of the week we were much more confident about using our skills to manipulate numbers and be efficient mathematicians.
We realised that if we were asked to work out 12, 864-599 that, although the numbers are large, we would be able to work this out in our head by simply doing 12, 864-600= 12,264 and then ‘giving back’ the extra one that had been subtracted to give 12, 285.
At the end of the week, we were given an investigation and challenged to see if we could work out the answer in more than one way.
We had some great discussions and were amazed at how many different ways people had to work out the answer to the same question. By the end of the lesson we had realised that there were lots of different ways to get to the end point and that sometimes the first idea we have is not the best or most efficient way to solve a problem.
Well done Year 6 excellent maths progress!