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How do we teach Maths?

Our aims in teaching mathematics acknowledge that the development of mathematics is underpinned for all children by a sense of enjoyment, enabling children to study it with confidence and a sense of achievement;

We aim for children to:

  • continuously progress in numeracy and a range of other mathematical skills relevant to everyday living;
  • develop independence, fluency, logical thinking in solving increasingly complex problems, mathematical reasoning skills & a desire to question;
  • develop their mental agility through engagement in well-paced mental starters & varied challenges involving mental calculation & reasoning;
  • apply their mathematical skills & logical thinking with confidence and understanding when solving problems & challenges;
  • develop the appropriate mathematical language to enable them to access the subject with understanding & to confidently explain relationships, make generalisations, explain their reasoning, understanding & use of calculation strategies in the correct mathematical terms.

Mathematics is a core subject in the National Curriculum.  The fundamental skills, knowledge and concepts of the subject are set out in the National Curriculum Programmes of Study, which is used to plan the content and lesson structure of the mathematics curriculum. These are split into the following key areas:

  • Number & Place Value;
  • Number: Addition & Subtraction;
  • Number: Multiplication & Division;
  • Number: Fractions (including decimals);
  • Measurement;
  • Geometry: Properties of Shape;
  • Geometry: Position & Direction;
  • Statistics.
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Calculation Policies

Please find attached the agreed 'STARS' Calculation Policies which detail how we teach mental and written methods for each of the four operations: addition, subtraction, division and multiplication.

TT Rockstars is available for our pupils here at St Mary's to support them in developing their recall of the multiplcation facts.  Please encourage your child to use TT Rockstars - daily if possible, and encourage them to compete in our weekly competitions to win the coveted TT Rockstars trophy.  You may find out more about the system by following this link:  https://www.ttrockstars.com/  

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