This policy shows staff, parents and children the methods we are working towards and hope to master for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division by the end of each academic year.
As each child passes through the school, we will be developing their skills to ensure they fully understand each method and can then apply their learning to solve problems in a variety of different ways. We will always start with what each child can do and then build upon their understanding using apparatus and equipment so they can see what they are doing.
Our approach to teaching mathematics will ensure the children know what they are doing and why they are doing it long before we start to introduce short cuts and traditional methods which, for many children, cause real confusion.
By the end of Year 4 all children are expected to know the times tables up to 12x12 and national times tables tests for Year 4 children will be introduced in 2020. Therefore, please support your children in learning the times tables and practising them with them. Learning the times tables doesn't just mean being able to recite the times tables in order but it also means being able to recall them at speed in random orders as well as knowing associated facts such as 'Because 5x6=30 I also know that 30÷6=5 and 30÷5-6 and 50x6 =300 and 0.5x6=3'
The national expectation for knowing times tables is that by the end of Year 2 all children know the 2, 5 and 10 times tables, by the end of Year 3 all children also know 3, 4 and 8 times tables and by the end of Year 4 all children know all times tables up to 12x12.