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Numeracy

Subject Lead: Alex Whiting

Governor Link: Anna Bayman

First and foremost we want our children at Clapham to enjoy their maths lessons. We believe that if children are happy and engaged they will learn and thrive. It is of great importance that children develop a culture of deep understanding, confidence and competence in maths and have a sound grasp of numerical concepts (the value of a number) before moving on. At Clapham we enable our children to explore and represent number in a variety of ways and promote the use of number across the curriculum.

Teachers provide the children with a range of opportunities to use maths and develop problem solving and reasoning skills through abstract challenges and investigative tasks. We encourage our children to develop a strong mathematical vocabulary and use talk as an effective tool for learning and understanding.

At Clapham we do not follow a set scheme of work, we believe this gives teachers the freedom to choose the most appropriate resources for the needs of their class. We align our curriculum with White Rose Maths but also encourage the use of Maths Hub, NCETM and NRICH resources to develop a greater level of understanding and promote a mastery approach.

Teachers use Maths of the Day regularly to promote maths across the curriculum and to develop mental fluency and reasoning through active lessons. Being active for at least 60 minutes a day is linked to better general health, stronger bones and muscles, and higher levels of self-esteem.

At Clapham we recognise the importance of children knowing their multiplication tables. Through knowing their times tables pupils will start to notice patterns and will then be able to apply this knowledge to more advanced work. Being able to recognise these connections will in turn speed up their thinking processes and mental arithmetic. We use Times Tables Rock Stars to help promote multiplication tables in a fun and engaging way. Teachers use TT Rock Stars to monitor progress and tailor learning to individual needs of the child.

Useful links:

https://www.familymathstoolkit.org.uk/

https://whiterosemaths.com/

https://nrich.maths.org/

https://ttrockstars.com/

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