The new National Curriculum for Mathematics has a clear emphasis on using and applying key facts to solve problems in different contexts. Skills such as recall of number bonds and time tables are key to children’s success.
At Witchampton CofE First School, we encourage and nurture children to have:
- a positive approach towards Mathematics;
- a sense of curiosity when working with number;
- a belief in their ability to apply their mathematical skills to solve problems;
- an understanding of number and the relationship between numbers;
- efficient calculation and mental arithmetic skills to enable them to progress from informal jottings to formal written methods, once they are confident to do so.
At Witchampton CofE First School we use the Maths No Problem (MNP) scheme. This approach to developing a mastery approach to mathematics develops pupils' mathematical ability and confidence without having to resort to memorising procedures to pass tests - making mathematics more engaging and interesting.
Knowledge of the times tables and number bonds (addition pairs to 5, 10, 20 or 100) are fundamental to children's ability to calculate with confidence. From Key stage 1 all children will begin to learn the times tables. By the end of Year 4 we aim for children to have learned all the times tables up to 12 x 12 and know their number bonds to 100. From entry, once number recognition is secure, children will begin to learn the number bonds starting with pairs to 5 and early tables by counting in 2s.
Encouraging and helping children to learn these maths facts at home is important.
Most importantly, we are passionate about enabling our children to develop their problem-solving skills and ability to persevere so that they meet mathematical challenges with confidence and enthusiasm.
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