We have designed the Strategy Mats to provide a tool for students when working on developing fluency with number facts. From our observations students need visual aide-memoires, reminders of what they have been learning and prompts to use the strategies learnt.
The mat is double-sided with the first side providing quick reminders and the reverse showing examples of the See it - Say it - Show it steps that typify the way in which Natural Maths strategies can be used.
The mat is specifically designed to support Visual Scaffolds for Early Mental Computation and Place Value to 100 and Beyond. It is also intended as a reminder to students that they should choose the most appropriate strategy when faced with an addition and not always rely on a single strategy such as count all.
This version allows a school to make as many copies as needed and is sent out by us in a CD case.