Why do we teach this? Why do we teach it in the way we do?
Furthermore, we want our children to have a positive and wide perception of maths, understanding that it is not simply about recalling answers quickly, but understanding how problems can be solved in a number of different ways.
By the time they leave school at the end of year 6, we want our children to:
- Be fluent in the mathematical facts including times tables so that they develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
- Be able to solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems with increasing sophistication, including in unfamiliar contexts and to model real-life scenarios.
- Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry and develop and present a justification, argument or proof using mathematical language.
- Have an appreciation of number and number operations, which enables mental calculations and written procedures to be performed efficiently, fluently and accurately to be successful in mathematics.
In order to support the recall of mathematical facts, we use Maths Passports with Year R (Spring Term), Year 1 and Year 2.
In the Spring Term of Year 2, children are given a Times Table Rockstars account to start them on their journey towards learning their times table facts. They are then able to continually practise their times tables using this platform right through to the end of Year 6.