Mathematic skills should be taught across all curriculum subjects. The new framework advises that “Teachers should use every relevant subject to develop pupils’ mathematical fluency. Teachers should develop pupils’ numeracy and mathematical reasoning in all subjects so that they understand and appreciate the importance of mathematics”.
DfE (Sept 2013) The National Curriculum in England (Framework Document), p103. London: DfE, © Crown Copyright 2013.
We encourage the children to use and apply what they have learnt in their Maths lessons in many practical ways and you will often see children weighing ingredients to cook with, working out averages for team points, upscaling artwork or teaching other children a concept they have already mastered themselves.
To support the mental dexterity with numbers we learn number facts, such as number bonds and times tables. These are regularly practised and tested - often in fun ways like times table bingo, Timestables Rockstars or weekly Big Maths Beat That. Key Instant Recall Facts (KIRFs) are sent home termly to be learnt to support the children's fluency in number recall.
Outside of the daily Maths lessons, children complete their daily ‘Fantastic 5’ which is where they develop, practise and apply their methods for and understanding of the four operations - addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. This enables children to constantly refine their fluency skills and frequently revisit concepts taught in lessons.
We subscribe to Mathletics, which offers appropriate maths activities and games online. Mathletics is used in lessons, but can also be accessed at home. All children have their own log in and teachers track children's activity and how well they do on the tasks they have been set.