At St. Peter’s our aim is that through our teaching of maths, children will:
- Understand important concepts and make connections within mathematics.
- Show high levels of fluency in performing written and mental calculations
- Are taught consistent calculation strategies
- Are ready for the next stage of learning
- Have a smooth transition between phases
- Are able to add, subtract, multiply and divide efficiently
- Are competent in fluency, reasoning and problem solving.
The calculation policy has been devised to meet requirements of the 2014 National Curriculum for calculation using the four main operations in Mathematics, and is also designed to give pupils a consistent and smooth progression of learning in calculations across the school.
Please note that early learning in number and calculation in Reception follows the ‘Development Matters’ EYFS document; whereas the rest of the policy is in line with the National Curriculum 2014.
The calculation policy is organised according to age stage expectations as set out in the National Curriculum 2014, however it is vital that pupils are taught according to the stage that they are currently working at, being moved onto the next level as soon as they are ready, or working at a lower stage until they are secure enough to move on.
It is important that any type of calculation is given a real life context or problem solving approach to help build children’s understanding of the purpose of calculation, and to help them recognise when to use certain operations and methods when faced with problems. This must be a priority within calculation lessons. The ability to calculate mentally forms the basis of all methods of calculation and has to be maintained and refined. A good knowledge of numbers or a ‘feel’ for numbers is the product of structured practice and repetition.
Eventually it is hoped that all children will be able to use calculation, choosing the most appropriate method – whether mental or written, to solve word problems by using the RUCSAC method:
- Reading the question
- Understanding the question
- Choosing an operation
- Solving the question
- Answering the question
- Checking the answer
Please click on the links below to find examples of how we teach particular sums. If you wish to support your child with their maths at home, a consistent home-school approach is advised and the information on this page will be really useful for you. If in doubt, please feel free to ask your child’s class teacher!