Our aim is to encourage children to become life-long mathematical thinkers with a deep-seated conceptual understanding of mathematical processes and their application in formal situations. Through our teaching of the National Curriculum objectives we aim to instil a confident understanding of the practical maths skills that the children will use in everyday life (such as time and money); as well as the formal and theoretical skills (such as written methods and algebra) that will enable them to develop further in their academic journey. In addition to this, we place a strong emphasis on logical thinking and reasoning: which we believe are widely-transferable life-skills. Work carried out in class is reinforced with related weekly homework which is designed to embed the learning that has occurred in school. In addition, the children may also carry out electronic learning games and activities assigned by their teacher in our online learning platform.
Times tables underpin many of the mathematical skills that the children encounter in class. Consequently, we place great importance on children learning their times tables. We recommend that children practise their focus times table daily and use a wide range of methods to embed the information and understand its application in different contexts. For example, verbal repetition (including songs); visual representation of arrays; use of other number facts, e.g. doubling / halving, to work out unknown multiplication facts; and inverse multiplication facts for division. Throughout the school, children undergo a Times Table Challenge each week and receive certificates rewarding them for progress made.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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