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Turvey Primary School

Turvey Primary School

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Mathematics is a key part of our Curriculum. There are lessons where the emphasis is on technique and the teaching is quite directive.  In other lessons direction is less evident and through carefully chosen activities and questioning the children are steered to discover the rules, patterns or properties of numbers or shapes for themselves.  

Maths lessons are active and the children are encouraged to discuss their work and develop their reasoning skills.  It is very important that they can make logical deductions and apply their mathematical skills to problem solving.

Throughout the school, the lessons are tailored to meet the needs of each and every child, and the teachers plan for a range of abilities within each class.

The children are provided with a range of apparatus and materials for support and follow a Calculation Policy which clearly outlines the steps they will take in their learning towards formal methods of written recording. 

In Reception class, the children learn through structured play and practical activities and discovery.  They acquire the basic skills of recognising and writing numbers, counting and beginning to understand the concept of calculation as a cornerstone of their mathematical understanding.

From Year 1 onwards, we have a daily hourly Maths lesson, but the children are also encouraged to use mathematical skills in practical situations throughout the school day.  Through enthusiastic teaching, and fun and engaging activities, the children develop both arithmetical fluency and conceptual understanding.

The emphasis is on Numeracy skills in KS1; knowledge of our number system, ordering numbers, and starting to appreciate the relative size of numbers. They learn the essential number facts which are a pre-requisite for development of mental calculation strategies.  Pupils are also taught about different shapes, and about a range of measures including time and money.

The principal focus of teaching in lower KS2 is to ensure that pupils become increasingly fluent with numbers and the 4 operations, including number facts and the concept of place value. The children also work with simple fractions and decimal place value. They describe shapes and their properties and measure accurately.  There is greater focus on using and spelling a range of mathematical vocabulary.

Parents can support their child’s mathematical development by playing games, practicing skills such as times tables, telling the time, using money and simply by relating Maths to real life situations as they arise.

  1. Calculation and Fraction Policy 2014 V4 PDF