Mathematics is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. At Nanpean School we believe that a high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world. We believe that every child can succeed in maths, and one of the most important building blocks for success is a positive mindset. It's therefore essential to help your child feel positive about maths at home, too.
The expectation is that the majority of pupils will move through the programmes of study at broadly the same pace. However, decisions about when to progress will always be based on the security of pupils' understanding and their readiness to progress to the next stage. Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly will be challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content. Those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material will consolidate their understanding, including through additional practice, before moving on. At our school we follow the units of work as laid out by 'White Rose Maths', a team of highly experienced and passionate maths teaching experts, influenced, inspired and informed by the work of leading maths researchers and practitioners across the world. The White Rose website has lots of information, answers to FAQs and parent resources (https://whiterosemaths.com)
We ask children from Year 2 onwards to practise their times tables at home as the recall of times tables is so fundamental to every area of maths. Our times tables are practised through our 'Times Table Adventure' scheme- which rewards success and encourages children to progress through the times tables up to 12X12 by the end of Year 4. Children in Reception and Year 1 spend time securing their number facts to 10 before beginning their journey on the Times Table Adventure.