Our aim in teaching mathematics at Thomas Fairchild is to develop in children a love of number, pattern and shape that also equips them for later life whether they use maths in their career or in everyday life. Where possible, we teach maths in a cross-curricular way, for example through science, IT and design technology.

  • We use the principles of AfL (Assessment for Learning) to ensure learning is active whether using talk partners to discuss mathematical vocabulary or whiteboards for quick fire responses. We encourage children to work collaboratively as ‘maths talk’ is invaluable. Based on their assessments, teachers decide the next steps for the class, groups and individuals.
  • Mental maths skills are taught daily through an early maths session. This is a short, pacey session with the emphasis on recall of number facts (e.g. times tables) or revision of mental strategies and mathematical knowledge (e.g. names of 2-D shapes)
  • The main maths lesson is used to introduce new learning or consolidate and extend previous learning. Children generally work in similar ability tables but also may choose their level of challenge during independent work. During the plenary, children are encouraged to share their learning and reflect on what they have learnt.
  • Each classroom has a selection of maths resources to support learning with a greater variety of concrete resources in Early Years and KS1 but all year groups have access to number lines, 100 squares and dice.
  • The ‘Times Table Challenge’ encourages all children to learn their times tables ‘off by heart’.
  • The children learn their number bonds to 18 and are tested every Friday in a timed in a Big Maths Beat That test.
  • Throughout the year, children revisit topics to consolidate their learning. Across all year groups there is a key focus on number which includes place value, the four operations, fractions and decimals and in upper KS2, percentages and ratio. Other topics include measurement, geometry (shapes, position and direction) and statistics (data handling)

We encourage children to be ‘mathematical thinkers’. We want our children to make decisions about what strategies they can use to solve a problem – whether a mental or written strategy is most appropriate. We expect our children to use and understand a wide variety of mathematical vocabulary including different words for the four operations.

Mathematics is a fascinating subject in itself in addition to being an important skill for most careers. We hope the mathematical skills children learn in Thomas Fairchild provide a solid foundation for later life and inspire in them a love of this subject.