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Our maths curriculum is based on skill development. A skills continuum is available for each year group and is used to set specific targets for the children. Practical maths is our preferred teaching style with learning through play beginning in the Early Years both inside and outside the classroom. Maths is given a context and relates back to everyday life experiences where possible. Our children enjoy a rich mathematical environment and have the opportunity to develop and apply their mathematical skills. Our aim is that children will leave our school equipped with mental and written methods they understand and can use correctly.  We teach an agreed method (see Calculation Policy) but encourage children to use whichever method is most appropriate and have strategies to give an approximate answer and to check their solutions. In EYFS the children are encouraged to explore mathematics through play, involving activities inside and outside and to apply skills that have been taught within mathematics lessons. At KS1 the children are taught within their ability groups. Daily lessons are carefully planned and pitched to their next steps in learning. A learning ladder is used as a guide for the children’s next steps to success. This is followed by the children working independently to consolidate their learning and apply the knowledge to problem solve. In Key Stage 2, children have a daily lesson providing them with opportunities to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in problem solving through a variety of rich mathematical activities. Years 3, 4 and 5 follow a scheme of work based on the National Curriculum. Year 6 currently use the previous version. Year 5 and 6 are grouped by ability across the parallel classes. Themes are planned so that previous knowledge is reviewed; the teacher models new learning and children are given activities to practise their new skills through games, missing number puzzles, word problems, investigations and decision making. Children are encouraged to explain their reasoning verbally and in writing. Following interactive teacher input, children work on relevant activities, independently, in pairs or in groups.  They report their findings in plenary sessions at appropriate points in the lesson.  Many of the activities promote higher order thinking skills and are taken from the BEAM website. All Key Stage 2 children have an online account with Mathletics, enabling them to access Mathematical learning from home.  Children are encouraged to learn from their mistakes. They particularly enjoy earning medals and competing with each other. Homework is set half termly on Knowledge Organisers which set out the knowledge, skills and vocabulary children need to learn. These are tested throughout the programme of study.

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