At Thomas Jolyffe Primary School we believe that children should be introduced to the process of calculation through practical, visual oral and mental activities, delivered by teachers with a deep understanding of how children learn and retain key objectives over the course of their primary years.
Once children show an understanding of the underlying ideas, then they will develop ways of recording their thinking and supporting their calculations, using signs, symbols and numbers.
Over time, children will develop their understanding of calculations by using models and images, such as: number lines, counters, numicon, dienes, place value counters and cuisinaire. These will be used to support their mental, informal and formal written methods of calculation. These methods will become more efficient and fluent overtime.
By the end of year 6, our aim is for children to be secure and fluent in mental and written methods, deciding which method is the most efficient depending on the context and having strategies to check accuracy.
In addition to calculations, the children will also be challenged to use their mathematical skills and reasoning to solve a wide range of mathematical problems. Many of these will encourage them to be creative in their thinking, to follow a line of enquiry and to decide for themselves how they can best communicating their ideas for others to follow.