I Can Calculate

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‘I Can Calculate’: from counting to calculating in early mathematics

Project Outcomes:
To improve attainment in addition and subtraction for identified groups of children by the end of year 1.

Rationale:
Our aim in mathematics is for all children to develop fluency, to reason mathematically and to problem-solve to meet rigorous age-related expectations. However, children starting school with less mathematical experience often become reliant on using count-in-ones strategies when calculating, limiting their ability to reason and become fluent with early calculation.

This project aims to help key groups of children to progress from using counting-in-ones to calculating strategies in early mathematics. We will identify the ‘number sense relationships’ that children must build to be able to manipulate numbers later; we will also explore how different calculation strategies are introduced to children.

By developing a strong number sense and learning to manipulate numbers, children will experience early maths as finding patterns, being creative and thinking deeply, laying the groundwork for their future mathematical success.