Mental Maths is the combination of memory, concentration, creativity and problem solving. The methodology is used to practice vital maths skills and thinking strategies which will equip the learner with problem solving skills.
A learner learns the necessary skills to think about the sum before they actually perform the mental calculation in order to solve the problem. The learner uses Mental Maths to practice skills and discuss what they are doing. By doing this the learner develops a more sophisticated number strategy and is able to solve the maths problem easier.
Mental Maths is all about approaching a maths problem not only with a figure, but by having fun while understanding the entire maths process, which reinforces the learner to solve the problem in a logical and methodical way.
In order to solve problems mentally, a learner must have good numeracy concept, they need to count with confidence and they should have a good understanding of addition and subtraction. With that being said, it is easy to identify a learner with a maths problem during a Mental Maths lesson.
The only way to excel in maths is to practice it, for that reason Mental Maths is the fun maths alternative solution.
How Mental Maths works
Mental Maths is structured through the materials of a teacher’s guide combined with learners’ workbooks for grades 1 to 3. We recommend that the educator follows the Mental Maths teaching approach for the first 10 Minutes of each maths lesson.
Each Mental Maths learner workbook is filled with activities utilizing fun visual aids to reinforce the acquired skills and strategies as well as assessment pages to monitor each learner’s progress. These workbooks are printed in colour and are learner friendly, effective for whole-class or group activities.
The teacher’s guide has clear references to the assessment standards, work schedules with consistent progression as well as pages to record progress.
Mental Maths fits into the curriculum because the revised National Curriculum requires learners to perform mental calculations. Mental Maths involves the entire class so that each learner is actively involved and participates accordingly.