Once children have demonstrated a deep understanding of a particular skill through their application of it through problem solving, investigations and real life situations, they may be taught objectives from the year group above.
During Irresistible Learning, children will rehearse and apply their skills through topic related activities. This may be an opportunity for teachers to assess their application of a mathematical skill in a range of situations.
A weekly mental recall objective is planned, this will range from learning number bonds and counting in early years and key Stage , to times tables in lower key stage 2, to recalling prime and square numbers in upper key stage 2. These are planned according to the needs of the children. In addition, a weekly mental strategy is planned and taught in a series of short sessions. When calculating we encourage children to use the following steps:
Can I do it in my head?
Can I use jottings?
Can I use a formal written method?
Our Visual Calculations policy is used as a visual aid when teaching both mental and written strategies.