The attached documents and videos are designed to give you a clear idea of the different stages we go through when teaching mathematical calculations. This may sometimes seem long-winded and parents sometimes wonder why we don't simply teach the final and most efficient method from the very beginning. However, educational research and our experience shows that when children are taught a strategy for calculation without full understanding they are often unable to apply it correctly or to remember it in the long-term.
Our methods for teaching are based on good maths practice and we seek to always ensure that at each step children understand what they are doing and how it works. We use practical resources and images to enforce this understanding. It is only when children can reliably carry out calculations with good understanding that we progress to the next step. In this way children's understanding of the number system and number patterns grows as they progress through the steps.
Children find it most confusing if they are being taught one method at home and another at school . When helping your children at home please enquire about the methods they are currently using in school . Working together can be very powerful.
If you need any further information about these methods or your child's progress please ask their class teacher or speak to myself.
Louise Lee-Gammage(Head of Teaching and Learning)
The videos shown below demonstrate some of the calculation stages in the booklet - please use them alongside the booklet below.
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