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Our Community Multi Academy Trust is a group of town, city and village schools that have joined together to provide the very best education for the children in our care and where we believe that education is very much a matter of the individual.

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What is maths?

 Our intent is to ensure it maths is taught daily, with children having the opportunity to learn a variety of skills/concepts that they then can apply and build on. At Lynsted and Norton we see maths as a life skill subject and children are given real life contexts in which to apply their learning.

What does it look like at Lynsted and Norton?

 We aim to provide a practical broadly balanced mathematics curriculum. We place a high priority on mathematical skills and, like English, teach maths in specific lessons with a range of opportunities to practice skills such as five-a-day, times tables practice outside of this.

Reasoning and application are core skills and used/taught within most lessons.  Where appropriate work is differentiated to suit the needs of our children, and challenge is built into every lesson.

We aim for all pupils to have a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject of Maths. At the heart of our approach is the firm belief that all children can succeed in Maths and the stereotype of being good or bad at maths doesn't exist

 Children are taught a progressive curriculum, with areas re- visted throughout the year. In order to achieve the objectives, pupils learn by using concrete manipulatives like the ones shown below.

They also use pictorial representations.

With an aim that pupils are confident using abstract methods too.



Pupils are encouraged to ‘move’ within the concrete-pictorial-abstract approach to ensure competence and confidence

  By the end of Year 6 our pupils are confident in all areas of the 4 operations and are prepared for secondary school life. 

 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 or  Timestables Rockstars. 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 ‘5 a day’ which is where they develop, practice and apply their methods for and understanding of the four operations - addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.  Once the children reach standard method in these they then daily complete a range of questions which include; data, angle; shapes as well as a continued focus on calculation.

Useful documents

Calculation Policy for Addition and Subtraction

Calculation Policy for Multiplication and Division

Calculation Policy for Fractions

Key Instant Recall Facts (KIRFs) - These are sent home at the start of each term so parents can help support learning in school

Progression of skills and knowledge taught in maths - These act as a Medium Term plan for staff. Skills are re-visted throughout the year and built upon over time. This ensures learning over time.

Useful maths websites and games

Maths is Fun - Advice, games and activities

Home Advisor - Maths Games and Resources

Topmarks - Maths Games for all age groups

Mathszone - Games and activities

Swipe Maths - Number puzzle 

Maths Resources - A range of exciting games and resources