When children can solve problems in their heads they fell more confident in their own abilities. The development of mental computation progresses through a range of strategies that can be improved by regular practice. The Targeting Mental Maths for Queensland series targets the structured development of children's mental maths strategies.
Each double-page weekly unit includes an explanation and practice of a specific mental strategy alongside sets of focused questions that reinforce important basic facts. The Problem of the week is a motivating problem that gets children thinking and applying their mathematical skills.
A unit consists of two facing pages. The left-hand page has three groups of quick mental exercises that constantly practise the necessary maths facts. The right-hand page always starts with an explanation and practice of a mental strategy. This is followed by exercises that include work on space, measurement, position, number, data and chance.