Using calculators

Using calculatorsUsing calculators

The calculator is a powerful tool and has an important part to play in school maths, even though it is frowned upon by the current curriculum writers.

In the primary years the purpose of a calculator is not as a tool for getting a quick answer, as children are still learning the mental skills and written skills that they need for their whole lives, but it can provide a unique way to explore our number system, place value, fractions, percentages and much more.

If children are to use calculators then they need to learn how to use them efficiently; how to interpret the display, how to use the memory, how to make a sensible estimate of the answer etc.

Our calculator tables games are a great way to practice knowledge of times tables whilst playing a game of strategy. Great for the summer holidays!

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