At Archbishop Benson we want every child to reach their full potential in mathematics. We are developing the idea of teaching for mastery in mathematics through careful choice of resources and well-designed practice activities, and with a clear focus in planning and teaching the National Curriculum aims of fluency, reasoning and problem solving. This may mean spending several weeks on just one area of mathematics: to make it secure and more deeply understood, to give children the opportunity to make those necessary connections, and to be able to move the whole class on together. Wherever possible, mathematical concepts learned are linked to real life and have a real purpose.

We place considerable emphasis on children developing mental arithmetic skills as well as learning appropriate written calculations in Key Stage 2, using these with efficiency and accuracy. To promote this we use our ’99 Club’ tests which encourage children to become fluent in number bond and multiplication tables recall.Understanding of number and calculation form a huge percentage of the mathematics we are now expected to cover.  The starting point for teachers for much of their planning is the Archbishop Benson Approach to Calculation which we developed alongside the new National Curriculum, and which will be regularly reviewed.  You can collect a paper copy of the parent booklet from the office, or from Mrs Phillips, or find it on the school website.

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