# EY, Mental & Oral

**With this week’s mental and oral starter idea we are thinking about counting on (and counting back) and place value.**

Like most of our other suggestions this can very easily be adapted to suit the needs of your children, which means it could be used with **Early Years** right up to **Key Stage 3**. We have also found that it adds a renewed level of interest and enthusiasm to ‘counting on’. **Read more »**

**This time we offer a Mental and Oral maths activity which focusses on using a specific strategy to give addition a speed boost.**

This teaching activity enables children to gain confidence in reordering the numbers of an addition problem to make that problem easier. The focus is on looking for pairs which create a specific total.

You show an addition problem like this one:

**30 + 10 + 70 + 40 + 90** **Read more »**

**Mental and Oral **calculation work was introduced nationally in 1999 as part of the **National Numeracy Strateg****y**. At the time, there was a concern that children's mental calculation skills were weak. As a result the focus of each mathematical lesson was on strengthening children's oral and mental skills. **Read more »**