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Key Messages:

  • Fluency demands more of learners than memorisation of a single procedure or collection of facts. It encompasses a mixture of efficiency, accuracy and flexibility.

 

  • Quick and efficient recall of facts and procedures is important in order for learners’ to keep track of sub problems, think strategically and solve problems. 

  • Fluency also demands the flexibility to move between different contexts and representations of mathematics, to recognise relationships and make connections and to make appropriate choices from a whole toolkit of methods, strategies and approaches.

Numerical fluency examples