At William Tyndale, we aim to make mathematics as enjoyable and as meaningful as possible for the children in order for them to achieve their best. We incorporate problem solving, reasoning and real life activities alongside the development of number facts.
As part of the DfE initiative, we are working with National Centre for the Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) and Maths Hubs to create a mastery approach to the maths curriculum. This aims to develop fluency with number facts, mathematical thinking, as well as a strong understanding of structure, to give children a secure grounding in mathematics.
We use a ‘concrete-pictorial-abstract’ approach, so that children can develop their understanding. We move between concrete resources, pictures and abstract ideas throughout the school as their conceptual understanding and fluency is strengthened if they experience concrete, visual and abstract representations of a concept during a lesson.
We believe that children should develop mental skills before using written algorithms and have a clear progression of the methods and skills taught from Year 1 to Year 6 in the Calculation Policy below. Please dip into it to support your child with methods taught for their year group.