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Primary Mathematics

Our Approach

At Castle Newnham we teach maths using the Maths Mastery Programme.

The ‘mastery approach’ to teaching maths is the underlying principle of Mathematics Mastery. Instead of learning mathematical procedures by rote, we want pupils to build a deep conceptual understanding of concepts which will enable them to apply their learning in different situations. The programme uses the Concrete Pictorial Abstract (CPA) approach with three main dimensions of depth; conceptual understanding, language and communication and mathematical thinking.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is a large focus on developing the fluency of number which will help the pupils to solve problems related to new concepts taught. This ensures that the children have a deeper understanding of number which they are able to interrelate into other aspects of Maths.

Children have a range of opportunities to investigate, problem solve and make connections with a variety of mathematical topics. Through the use of daily KIRFs (Key Instant Recall Facts) children develop fluency and automaticity and they build on their knowledge and understanding taught in the main maths lesson.

For more information, please see our Mathematics Long Term Overview

Times tables

Children are also expected to learn key maths facts like times tables and addition facts by heart to free up working memory and give them the mental space to focus on new concepts. We do this by teaching and practising number bonds and times tables in every Maths lesson. We use Numbots and Times Tables Rock Stars to support the children’s learning and we encourage parents to support them with this at home also. To download a copy of the Time Tables Rock Stars parents handbook, please click here.

By the end of Year 4, the children are expected to know all of their times tables up to x12 and the corresponding division facts in any order and rapidly. The Year 4 children will all take part in the National Times Tables Check.