At St Thomas More Roman Catholic Primary School we aim to create a sense of excitement and curiosity around mathematics. During lessons, children are encouraged to make links between what they are learning, what they already know and the world around them. Mathematics is essential to everyday life and our aim is to teach children to gain a greater understanding through various approaches that empower children to select a way that works for them. Children are introduced to the processes of calculation through a wide range of practical, mental and oral activities.

In lessons, the use of images and practical equipment is central to introduce number concepts and methods of calculation, including both mental and informal methods. Children should be able to verbally explain and reason about their learning before they record calculations. Our aim is to enrich children’s understanding by elucidating the vocabulary that is appropriate to each lesson. Mental calculations should be counterpart to written methods.