At The Oaks we strongly believe in making Maths purposeful and visual. The use of practical resources, real-life connections and models and images for children to 'hook' their understanding of concepts onto is vital for embedding a good basis for further mathematical learning. A mathematically rich environment is also key for supporting learning.
In Key Stage One, we deliver Maths through initial exploration to assess prior learning. Pupils then have opportunities to consolidate where necessary through further practise or extend their learning to reach a greater depth of understanding.
Maths is taught across other areas of the curriculum as much as possible too. This enables us to highlight the importance of the application of skills to the children. For example, within the Year Two topic of 'The Great Fire of London', children learnt about chronology and were able to order dates, applying their knowledge of number. In the Year One topic 'Brilliant Buildings', children will use their measuring and knowledge of shapes and patterns to design their own building.
In addition across the school pupils will regularly practise maths skills - with a particular focus on their understanding of number. We use 'Maths of the day' which is a fun active approach to maths - some ideas from this may be sent home as home learning for pupils to enjoy.
Below is a copy of our 'Parents' Guide to Calculations'. It sets out the methods which we use to teach children formal written calculations. We believe it is important that children consolidate their understanding of number and calculation using a variety of models and images such as number lines, before moving onto compact written methods. This ensures children are more likely to grasp these concepts and methods later on due to their sound understanding of how each process 'works'.