In year 6, understanding when to use the different mental methods in Maths is vital. We have practiced them many times, but it is important that the children apply these methods accurately.
To support this, we used Explain Everything. The children were initially given a range of mental maths type questions and in their group of 4, had to decide on the method that should be used for each one. The class then moved around each groups and made any alterations that they thought necessary.
They then had to use Explain Everything to describe how they would solve it. This allowed us to clearly see the processes that each of us were using and exactly how we used the methods.