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Dunton Green Primary School has a strong history of successful mathematics teaching with children achieving well at the end of Key Stage 2.
We have recently revised our mathematical teaching in line with the New National Curriculum. Our teaching shows a renewed focus on starting all our children off with purposeful and concrete opportunities to use mathematics. These concrete opportunities develop into pictorial and abstract opportunities as the children’s mathematical understanding develops. Reasoning and problem solving activities are regularly used to enhance learning and ensure that all children are challenged and able to make progress.
Children are supported from the Foundation Stage onwards to develop their understanding of number as a counting tool, a quantity and a label. We aim to provide opportunities for pupils to use and develop their mathematics skills across the broader curriculum, as well as providing opportunities for children to use and apply their mathematical skills in a meaningful context.
There is a strong emphasis on the development of mental calculation skills and on problem solving skills. All children from Year 1 upwards have been provided with Schofield and Sims mathematics books which are regularly used to inform planning and teaching. All children have the opportunity to participate in extra-curricular mathematics clubs with additional opportunities given to those in Key Stage 2 who take part in Four Function Mathematics groups and times table competitions – competing against themselves to achieve personal bests! Individual progress is monitored closely allowing us to make sure that all children are supported in becoming independent learners with access to a wide range of mathematical skills.
Fo an easy to read guide to how we teach calculations in Dunton Green please click here.