Maths lessons at Cavendish focus on the aims of the National Curriculum and aim to ensure that all pupils;
Lessons are planned following the White Rose Maths Hub. Each lesson encompasses elements of Fluency, Reasoning and Problem Solving and children are encouraged to complete challenges which are designed to deepen their understanding and allow them to apply their knowledge.
Arithmetic skills are taught during lessons and children are tested on this every 2 weeks using the Rising Stars arithmetic tests.
By clicking on the links below, you will be able to see a copy of the school’s calculation policy. The idea of this document is to explain the approaches that we have to teaching addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and it shows how the methods change as children progress through the school. Each stage begins with children learning a concept through the use of concrete materials (e.g. cubes, counters, beads etc.) before moving on to pictures and images then finally working with just numbers.
We hope you find this document useful in understanding how we teach children to carry out calculations. If you have any questions about the information in the calculation policy or if there is anything you are unsure about, please get in touch with your child’s class teacher as they will be happy to help.
We subscribe to ‘TT Rockstars’, a website aimed at encouraging the instant recall of multiplication and division facts to 12 x 12. Children receive an individual log in and work to earn coins and points in a bid to come a ‘Rock Hero’. Children are also involved in battles against other pupils and classes to answer the most answers correctly and win points based on this. Weekly rewards are given to pupils who have improved their accuracy each week and for those children who apply this knowledge into their learning.
Since beginning our journey with TT Rockstars, children have answered over 350,000 questions accurately. We hope this will ensure that children are ready to access the new MTC (Multiplication Tables Check) being introduced in 2020.