Mathematics at Tanworth-in Arden Primary
At Tanworth, we follow the White Rose Primary Scheme of Learning.
The White Rose scheme aims to build a culture of deep understanding, confidence and competence in maths in order to produce strong, secure learning and real progress.
Not only do we teach children the methods to solve calculations, we explore the thinking behind them - the reason why they work. We develop children's understanding by using a combination of concrete resources and pictorial representations alongside the abstract methods.
Our aim is to create happy and resilient mathematicians who relish and enjoy the challenge of maths. We want children to become independent and reflective thinkers, whose problem solving skills and number fluency support them in other areas across the curriculum.
Knowledge and understanding of times tables and their corresponding division facts is an important area of learning within the maths curriculum. We aim for children to have both a procedural and conceptual understanding of times tables. Not only do they need to know tables by rote and develop fluent recall of number facts but they also need to understand what times tables mean and what these number facts represent. This will help children when they reach year 6 as they will be able to spend more time on problem solving and less time on calculating.
In accordance with the national curriculum, children are expected to know their times tables up to 12 x 12 by the end of year 4.
To support this, children will regularly practise times tables in maths lessons and every Friday, children from year 2 - year 6 will have a short test. The focus of these tests is on beating their best score and they are designed to engage and excite children, challenging them to gain a new personal best!
The content of the tests is based on guidance from the NCETM (The national centre for excellence in the teaching of mathematics) about which tables and number bonds children should know as they progress through school. (See below)