At Barns Green Primary School, we consider mathematics as far more than simply a core curriculum topic; it is central to helping children become happy, articulate, reflective and confident individuals. Developing numerical fluency prepares children to access a world surrounded by number and problem solving. It equips young people with key skills such as calculating, estimating, observing and predicting, which will be used extensively throughout their lives.

There are certain key aims that demonstrate the intent for the teaching of mathematics in our school. We teach children that having a growth mindset will help them to persevere when they find tasks challenging and that we learn through trial and error. At Barns Green, we believe that our teaching of mathematics:

· promotes enjoyment of learning through practical activity, exploration and discussion;

· develops confidence and competence with numbers and the number system;

· develops the ability to solve problems through decision-making and reasoning in a range of contexts and

· helps children understand the importance of mathematics in everyday life.

All children are given opportunities to:

· develop a sense of the size of a number and where it fits into the number system (place value);

· become fluent in number facts such as number bonds, multiplication tables, doubles and halves;

· solve simple problems mentally, using jottings personal to them and the bar model to visualise the problem;

· calculate accurately and efficiently, both mentally and with pencil and paper, drawing on a range of calculation strategies and judging whether their answers are reasonable;

· explore the features of shape and space, and develop measuring skills in a range of contexts and

· explain and make predictions from the numbers in graphs, diagrams, charts and tables.