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Maths in Curriculum

The way we teach Maths at Townfield

The mathematics curriculum at Townfield Primary School generally follows the content of the new National Curriculum. However, it differs in one significant aspect: that ‘stage’ takes precedence over ‘age’. We believe that pupils should be introduced to the next step in calculation method when they are ready, not because they have reached a certain chronological age. Furthermore, we believe that pupils should understand the methods they use, that they should be able to use these methods confidently and accurately with a variety of numbers, both whole and decimal, and in a variety of contexts.

For planning, teachers use the Lancashire Council overviews and medium-term plans, which are similar to the units of the national numeracy strategy, making changes where necessary to reflect the needs of the pupils. Our principle is to begin by assessing what pupils need to learn, identifying gaps in their learning and making decisions about what should be focused on.

The calculation policy gives an indication of how we would expect the majority of children from each year group to tackle calculation problems. Click on the link at the bottom of this page to see how you could support your child.

Active Maths

At TPS we provide lessons that are stimulating and engage all pupils. We have developed an understanding of the importance of learning through physical activity. Therefore, we strive to find ways to present and practise mathematical concepts through movement – in other words, ‘learning on your feet’.

Magic Maths

At TPS we recognise the importance of learning key mental skills as well as learning, by heart, key mathematical facts. Each week pupils focus on a particular skill or group of facts to learn. (This is shared with parents through the Magic Maths books, which the children take home.) These often relate to the ten key targets on the mental maths chart. Sustained good performance in learning these facts is rewarded.

Download our Calculations Policy

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