Number Facts Fluency Programme
The Number Facts Fluency Programme teaches a defined set of addition and subtraction facts and a defined set of calculation strategies. The systematic and structured approach ensures children develop key visual pathways and learn important number relationships. This leads to a deep understanding of number and number relationships, and to fluency in addition and subtraction facts.
The programme builds on our innate ability to process quantities visually with graphics that expose mathematical structures. With animations and exercises with visual scaffolding, and a wide range of practical activities, a deep understanding of number and quantity is developed.
The programme is informed by research into the mathematical development of young children, by 10 years of classroom teaching, and by maths lesson observations in Shanghai. 7 key research principles underpin the programme.
Defined set of facts
At the core of the programme are the Addition and Subtraction Fact Grids. These essential facts are the equivalent of times tables for addition and subtraction. Just as all multiplication and division calculations use root times table facts, all future addition and subtraction calculations use these root addition and subtraction facts.
Click here for the Subtraction Fact Grid.
Defined set of strategies
The core facts are taught alongside 12 calculation strategies. Learning and applying these strategies gives children a deep understanding of number and number relationships. Using these strategies children can then "use what they know to work out what they don't know". Explicit teaching of derived fact strategies is an effective route to fluency in addition and subtraction facts for all children, including lower attainers.
Click here for more detail of the calculation strategies.
Modelled on phonics
The programme teaches every addition and subtraction fact systematically. Just as schools can tell you where they teach each grapheme-phoneme correspondence in phonics, the Number Sense Maths Fluency Programme systematically teaches the facts and strategies leaving nothing to chance.
Click on the thumbnail for a video showing how fluency in addition facts builds up.
Click here for the equivalent subtraction facts video.
Fully resourced scheme of work
The facts and strategies are brought together in a six stage teaching programme. Each stage of the programme is broken down into smaller teaching steps, with resources provided for every step. The resources for each step include
- Teaching Points which explain what children need to learn in each step, and the models used
- Activities, for both the classroom and at home, which consolidate concepts
- Animations that expose mathematical structure and develop number sense
- Exercises that build progressively with scaffolding for children and talking tips to support teachers and parents
Go to Free resources to see examples of all of these resources.
Six Stage Teaching Programme
Click here for more detail of the six stages.