Throughout school we place a strong emphasis on the children confidently being able to calculate mentally. Therefore, children are expected to learn their tables and number bonds at, or before, age appropriate levels. To aid with this and ensure a good understanding of maths concepts, a wide variety of practical apparatus is used, along with a range of published materials and software and teacher prepared materials.
Key Stage 1
The principal focus of mathematics teaching in Key Stage 1 is to ensure that pupils develop confidence and mental fluency with whole numbers, counting and place value. This involves working with numerals, key maths vocabulary in the four operations and practical resources, such as Numicon.
Lower Key Stage 2
The principal focus of mathematics teaching in Lower Key Stage 2 is to ensure that pupils become increasingly fluent with whole numbers and the four operations, including number facts and the concept of place value. This should ensure that pupils develop efficient written and mental methods and perform calculations accurately with increasingly large whole numbers.
Upper Key Stage 2
The principal focus of mathematics teaching in Upper Key Stage 2 is to ensure that pupils extend their understanding of the number system and place value to include larger integers. This should develop the connections that pupils make between multiplication and division with fractions, decimals, percentages and ratio.
The Mathematics Scheme of Work includes the following key areas:
Reward Systems in Mathematics
We have a number of reward systems in place in school and awards can be given for a range of reasons. Specifically in Mathematics there is a weekly ‘Mathemagician of the Week’ award in every class across both KS1 and KS2. Additionally, those children who have impressed with a certain task can receive a maths certificate of achievement from the maths co-ordinator, a Show and Tell award, a Headteacher’s Award or house points.
There is a specific incremental reward system in place for children when learning their times tables. Once they have learned their x2, x5 and x10 tables, children will receive a bronze certificate. A silver certificate is given for those who have learned their x3, x4, x6 and x8 tables and when all their tables have been learnt then the children receive a gold certificate. The expected timescale for achieving these certificates is Year 2, Year 3 and Year 4 respectively.