At Two Mile Ash, we want our children to gain the skills and understanding to become confident mathematicians. We believe that the best way to achieve this is to start with a fully embedded and deep understanding of the fundamentals of mathematics, such as number bonds, times tables and other key facts. Once these basic building blocks are in place and committed to long-term memory, children can access all aspects of the maths curriculum with greater speed and agility, ensuring full coverage of the National Curriculum. We use our fluency lessons each week to practice these key skills and we encourage our children to keep up this practice at home, through the use of websites and apps such as Times Tables Rockstars.
We base our teaching practice on a mastery approach meaning we follow a carefully structured scheme of work that builds on previous knowledge and skills and includes the use of concrete materials (which the children love!) and pictorial representations of problems to help them ‘see’ and ‘feel’ the maths. This kind of experiential learning helps to further commit to memory the procedures and principles taught within a lesson and also engenders within the children a love of maths and confidence with numbers. The mastery principles are threaded through the planning of all lessons from year 3 to year 6 meaning that all children, whatever their ability, are exposed to appropriate mathematical terminology and given the tools to tackle a challenging curriculum.