Soroban: The Japanese Abacus
Soroban, the Japanese abacus, provides a visual and tangible tool which allows students to see and manipulate a physical representation of abstract numbers. Through active learning, the soroban can not only help consolidate arithmetic skills and improve concentration, but also allows the exploration of mathematical concepts through the lens of Japan.
This scheme of work can be used as a complement to your curriculum to: help students understand place values, practice number bonds, and manipulate numbers quickly. Download the Soroban Scheme of Work for an overview of the lessons.
Note: This is a pilot resource and is being further developed. Some sections may be revised or updated.
- To identify and represent numbers on the soroban
- To use the soroban for addition and subtraction
- To perform multiple operations (addition and subtraction) on the soroban with fluency
See the Soroban Teaching Notes and lessons for more information.
The Japan Society has class sets of soroban and teaching soroban available to borrow, subject to availability. To request, please visit our loan resources page.