- The children at Oldfield Primary School thoroughly enjoy their lessons in mathematics and make excellent progress.
- Mathematics is a core subject of the National Curriculum. It is given a high priority at Oldfield Primary School. It is a tool for everyday life.
- The children learn to make sense of the world around them through developing their ability to calculate, to reason and to solve problems.
- They develop confidence and competence with numbers and measures.
- Children who grasp concepts rapidly are challenged with rich and sophisticated problems. Those who are not sufficiently fluent with basic skills are given opportunities to consolidate their understanding before moving on.
This is how maths is organised at Oldfield:
The principal focus of mathematics teaching in Key Stage 1 is to ensure that pupils develop confidence and mental fluency with whole numbers, counting and place value. This should involve working with numerals, words and the 4 operations, including with practical resources [for example, concrete objects and measuring tools].
The principal focus of mathematics teaching in Lower Key Stage 2 is to ensure that pupils become increasingly fluent with whole numbers and the 4 operations, including number facts and the concept of place value. This should ensure that pupils develop efficient written and mental methods and perform calculations accurately with increasingly large whole numbers.
The principal focus of mathematics teaching in Upper Key Stage 2 is to ensure that pupils extend their understanding of the number system and place value to include larger integers. This should develop the connections that pupils make between multiplication and division with fractions, decimals, percentages and ratio.
Times Tables Rock Stars
At Oldfield we use Times Tables Rock Stars. Times Tables Rock Stars is a carefully sequenced programme of daily times tables practice.
Each week concentrates on a different times table, with a recommended consolidation week for rehearsing the tables that have recently been practised every third week or so.
This format has very successfully boosted times tables recall speed for hundreds of thousands of pupils over the last 7 years in over 4500 schools - both primary and secondary - worldwide.