The school is following the New National Curriculum objectives for maths. At Flanderwell we use the Abacus scheme for Years 1 to 6 to plan high quality, differentiated and interactive lessons, which ensure continuous progression and challenge for all learners.
Children are introduced to a range of models and images to support them with understanding the concepts of different operations. Mental and written strategies, for each year group are taught in accordance with the school’s Calculation Policy. In KS2 children complete a mental maths test to help them develop rapid recall of known facts and calculation. Children are also encouraged and supported to learn their times tables so become fluent and confident with mathematical facts.
Progression with times tables at Flanderwell
In line with the new curriculum, it is expected that children will be able to rapidly recall multiplication and corresponding division facts for particular tables by the end of that year.
By the end of Year 2, most children are expected to be able to do this for the 2x, 5x and 10x tables.
By the end of Year 3, most children are expected to be able to do this for the 3x, 4x and 8x tables.
By the end of Year 4, most children are expected to be able to do this for the 6x, 7x, 9x, 11x and 12x tables.
In Year 5 and 6 it is expected that they will be fluent with all times tables facts up to 12×12.
Children who become secure with all times tables they are expected to know by the end of their year group will be encouraged to work on the next set of times tables.
To ensure success and achievement with learning their tables is recognised, we will be introducing a new reward system over the next few weeks to children.
Bronze award – children will receive a bronze sticker. This means they can count in multiples of a given times tables.
Silver award – children will receive a silver sticker. This means they can recall their times tables facts rapidly in any order.
Gold award – children will receive a special ‘I know my …. Times tables’ gold badge for that particular table. This means children are expected to rapidly recall times tables facts for that table, but also the corresponding division facts.
Some of our classes receiving their badges
Each week children participate in a problem solving lesson as part of a whole school approach called maths challenge. Children have a special maths challenge book to record their work, following the format of CHIPS (Challenge, ideas, possible solutions). Opportunities are provided for children to approach problems in a range of context to encourage reasoning and communication skills in maths.
Maths at home
Children are encouraged to visit www.activelearnprimary.co.uk with their personal log in details so they can practise their maths skills at home with exciting games.
To see the full content of the maths curriculum for each year group, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-mathematics-programmes-of-study