We adopt a practical, activity-based approach to maths, particularly at Key Stage 1. Number skills are given great emphasis. We encourage mental arithmetic and the active enjoyment of problem solving. Maths is not just classroom based, but has its real use in the outside world of everyday life. With this in mind we encourage children to see maths as a useful skill, necessary for problem solving, decision-making and a host of daily tasks.
In Maths, children learn about shape, space and measures. They learn about handling data, interpreting information and the concept of probability. Children are encouraged to become responsible for recording their results, devising their own methods and broadening their mathematical vocabulary and reasoning skills.
This year, one of the new initiatives we have introduced is: The Olympic Times Tables. It is really important that all children aim to learn their times tables facts off by heart, in any order, and by being able to recall the associated division facts as well. This will help them in a wide range of activities, both at school and at home. Download this letter for further information.