Maths

The National Numeracy Strategy introduced in September 1999 has been revised as part of the Primary Strategy (2006). All children from Reception to Year 6, follow key objectives for each year group. The Early Learning Goals implemented in the Reception year, support the development of mathematical thinking and provide a firm foundation for subsequent learning. Numeracy for children in Years 1 to 6
is generally taught within the framework of a three part lesson and Reception children work towards this approach during the year.

The first part of the lesson is dedicated to mental and oral work, the second to differentiated tasks working in small groups, pairs or as individuals and the third part is concerned with a plenary session, summing up or extending the lesson focus.

We put a strong emphasis on the importance of mental calculation and on the use of a range of strategies to solve problems. We have recently introduced the use of KIRFs (Key Instant Recall Facts) across the school and parents have been made aware of how they can implement these at home.

We use a variety of resources to support planned activities which address the key objectives at each stage of the National Numeric Strategy.

We have recently reviewed the way we support those children who experience difficulty with numeracy which has resulted in us adopting the Power of 2 scheme, a short, sharp intervention programme devised to improve number recall. Our most able children in Mathematics have attended math competitions at other local Primary Schools and participate in Gifted and Talented workshops as well as being differentiated for in lesson time.  We are members of a network of schools in the area to share expertise and develop skills in maths to maintain high standards in maths.

We offer workshops for parents to explain our maths curriculum and methods.