Maths at Hauxton Primary School
The overall aims are that when children leave Hauxton school they:
have a secure knowledge of number facts and a good conceptual understanding of the four operations
are able to use this knowledge and understanding to carry out calculations mentally and to apply general strategies when using one-digit and two-digit numbers and particular strategies to special cases involving bigger numbers
make use of diagrams and informal notes to help record steps and part answers when using mental methods that generate more information than can be kept in their heads
have an efficient, reliable, compact written method of calculation for each operation that children can apply with confidence when undertaking calculations that they cannot carry out mentally;
are able, when faced with a calculation, to decide which method is most appropriate and have strategies to check its accuracy. They will do this by always asking themselves: Can I do this in my head? Can I do this in my head using drawings or jottings? Do I need to use a pencil and paper procedure? Do I need a calculator?