At Kildwick CE Primary School, we aim to develop children’s arithmetic, reasoning and problem-solving skills whilst also creating a life-long love of Maths.
We follow the White Rose Maths Hub scheme to ensure that children develop a deep and long-lasting understanding of a concept. In lessons, we focus on a variety of skills. A concept will be taught and practised to increase a child’s fluency and confidence. This concept will then be explored in greater detail with reasoning and problem-solving opportunities being presented to children.
If a child struggles with a concept or needs further support to increase their confidence, we aim to identify the issue and intervene early in order to ensure that their future mathematical learning isn’t affected. One of the many ways in which we do this, is with our Sporting Influence intervention which combines key maths skills with sporting activities in order to raise attainment.
Fluency, reasoning and problem-solving skills are all underpinned by a child’s arithmetic skills. We use a variety of resources and techniques to improve these skills, including My Mini Maths, daily arithmetic starters and termly arithmetic assessments. EYFS and Key Stage One work on their number bond skills before moving onto working with the four operations. In Year Six, our children increase their speed when answering calculations by completing ‘Numeracy Ninja’ activities.
Children are prepared for the introduction of the multiplication tables check which begins in June 2020 in Year Four. Times tables are practised daily in classes in Key Stage One and Lower Key Stage Two. Look out for our launch of Times Tables Rockstars in September, where children will be able to practise their times tables skills both at home and in school.