At Ellington Primary School we follow the statutory guidance from the National Primary Curriculum for Mathematics.
Our maths provision aims to create a culture of high achievement in maths which leads to confident children who master the key concepts of fluency of calculation, logical reasoning and problem solving. We use the Big Maths Programme to support learning and track progress.
Why have we chosen to use Big Maths?
Clear progression across year groups
Objectives are matched to the National Curriculum
Improve mental maths skills and wider maths skills across school
Common vocabulary and methods are taught throughout school
Insists on every child learning and making progress
Clearly defined end points
What are Learn Its?
You may recognise terms like Number Facts or Number Bonds, in Big Maths they are called ‘Learn Its’. Learn Its are simple calculations that are vitally important for children to learn and be able to recall instantly, (with no thinking time). This name is simple because it perfectly describes what we want children to do, ‘Just learn it!’. There are 36 addition Learn Its (all the 1 digit add 1 digit facts from 2+2 through to 9+9) and 36 multiplication Learn Its (all of the 1 digit times 1 digit facts).
From Reception Autumn Term until the Summer Term of Year 4, children have a set of 'Learn Its' to learn and be able to recall instantly each term. You can see on the below documentation that these Learn Its steps are progressive and ensure that children can recall the necessary addition and multiplication facts they need to succeed in Maths. Because the children are encouraged to find 'Fact families' for these addition and multiplication calculations, they will also learn the corresponding subtraction and division number sentences. Children have a copy of all the Learn Its they have to learn in their academic year easily to hand in class and a copy of which these also sent home so they can practice them there. Copies of these for each year group can be found below and are called Learn It Challenges.
Below you can find progression documents for each individual year group that will allow you to see the curriculum endpoints your child will be covering in each term.
The school has a maths policy that sets out how Maths is taught and assessed throughout the school. The whole school also follows a calculation methods policy for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. This sets out the small steps used to teach each skill. These are available below.
If your child is in Year 4, please find below information for Parents to help prepare children for the Multiplication Tables Check that takes place in June.