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At Occold Primary School we are committed to both fostering curiosity and developing skills in mathematics.

Our calculation policy has been carefully constructed based on the best practices seen around the world including places such as Singapore. We use a ‘mastery based’ approach that builds sequentially on deep understanding and develops fluency as the children move through the year groups.

By the time they reach Upper Key Stage 2, we will be expecting the children to be using efficient methods. We also encourage children to develop a range of mental methods so they can carry out calculations in their head and thereby use mathematics in their everyday lives. Indeed, using and applying mathematics is important to us at Occold and we encourage children to solve problems, notice patterns and explore mathematical phenomena in the world around them.  

Let me do it. You tell me when you want it and where you want it to land, and I’ll do it backwards and tell you when to take off.

Katherine Johnson, the African American woman whose mathematical calculations helped put the first human on the Moon.