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 Thornton Hough Primary School follows the National Curriculum Programme of Study for the teaching of Mathematics and aims to excel in:

- Fluency

- Reasoning

- Problem-Solving

In each year group, children taught to be fluent in the fundamental workings of the number system as this feeds into all number-based work and wider problem-solving activities.

Children are taught to reason and generalise about a mathematical statement. Furthermore, to design or pursue a line of enquiry by applying their knowledge of number relationships. 

We feel that enabling children to reason, we are preparing them for the big wide world where they can apply these skills during everyday problems, therefore teachers are encouraged to always put mathematical concepts into daily practice. Presenting a problem and developing the skills needed to solve that problem is more motivational than teaching the skills without a context; therefore practical maths is central to our teaching approach. Teaching maths via problem solving increases the number of individuals who think for themselves in a constantly changing environment. As teachers we support our children to develop skills that they will need to tackle problems. Questioning and deep thinking are valued and mistakes are seen as useful. All children contribute and their suggestions are valued. Being stuck is seen as honourable as children learn from shared discussion with the teacher, adults and peers.

Our calculation policy takes the children through the necessary steps to develop their knowledge and understanding of the four number operations. 



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