At St Thomas' we believe that maths should be exciting and challenging for our pupils whilst teaching them to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics as a vital life skill. Mathematics helps children to make sense of the world around them through developing their ability to calculate, to reason and to solve problems. It enables children to understand and appreciate relationships and patterns in number, shape, space and measures in their everyday lives.
Our aim is that all children will develop mathematical skills and knowledge, including arithmetical proficiency, fluency and quick recall of basic facts in line with the recommendations of the New Primary Maths Curriculum.
Key Stage 1
During key stage 1: The principal focus of mathematics teaching in key stage 1 is to ensure that our pupils develop confidence and mental fluency with whole numbers, counting and place value. This involves working with numerals, words and the four operations, including with practical resources (for example, concrete objects and measuring tools). They will develop their ability to recognise, describe, draw, compare and sort different shapes and use the related vocabulary. They will use a range of measures to describe and compare different quantities such as length, mass, capacity/volume, time and money.
Key Stage 2
During key stage 2: In Years 3 and 4 we teach our pupils to become increasingly fluent with whole numbers and the four operations, including number facts and the concept of place value. They will develop efficient written and mental methods and perform calculations accurately with increasingly large whole numbers. By the end of year 4, pupils should have learnt their multiplication tables up to and including the 12 multiplication table and the associated division facts. In Years 5 and 6 we ensure that pupils extend their understanding of the number system and place value to include larger whole numbers (integers). Pupils develop connections that are made between multiplication and division with fractions, decimals, percentages and ratio. By the end of year 6, pupils should be fluent in written methods for all four operations, including long multiplication and division, and in working with fractions, decimals and percentages.
We endeavour to provide the children with opportunities to apply their mathematical skills across the curriculum in areas such as science.