Mathematics is a creative and highly interconnected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
White Rose Maths
As a school, we follow the White Rose Maths scheme of learning and the Long Term Plans for this are available for each year group at the bottom of this page.
Key Instant Recall Facts (KIRFs)
Key Instant Recall Facts (KIRFs) are designed to support the development of the mental skills and key knowledge that underpin much of the maths work completed in schools. Each half term, children focus on one area of Key Instant Recall Facts (KIRFs) that will be taught in school but also need to be practised at home as well.
It is important that they know these facts thoroughly and can recall them instantly. Whilst children have a wide range of abilities in mathematics, the KIRFs are designed to be a set of facts that need to be learnt thoroughly as they build on each other year on year. Again, we stress that the children must aim to know their KIRFs inside out, back to front and with instant recall.
Learning multiplication tables is extraordinarily necessary because it is one of the fundamental topics connecting to different mathematical operations. Multiplication table charts make maths easy and are, after all, the building blocks of mathematics.
Times Tables Rockstars
In school, we use Times Tables Rock Stars to support children in learning these. Every child has their own log in details. If you have any questions, please see your class teacher.
The 11-99 Club
We also complete the 11-99 club every week to help us practise out multiplication tables. The idea is that with repeated practice, the scheme should result in increased speed and confidence when tackling mental maths problems without relying on written workings and methods.
All pupils will begin at the 11 Club and work their way up, having one opportunity per week during the start of one of their maths lessons to answer all calculations at their current level unaided and within the allotted time.
If all of the calculations are answered correctly twice in a row, the child moves up to the next level!
The initial 11 Club involves eleven problems which involve doubling numbers up to ten ie. 5+5, 8+8. The 22 Club then adds eleven further questions involving repeated addition for numbers from one to ten ie. 3+3+3+3, 5+5+5+5+ 5, while the 33 Club begins to introduce times tables.
Division facts are added by the time a pupil reaches the 77 Club, and in the 88 Club and 99 Club, pupils will be tackling a range of mixed multiplication and division problems.
The full breakdown of The 99 Club levels is as follows:
11 Club - 11 questions involving doubling numbers from one to ten
22 Club - 22 questions involving repeated addition of numbers from one to ten
33 Club - 33 questions introducing the 2x, 3x, 5x and 10x tables
44 Club - 44 questions adding the 1x, 4x and 6x tables
55 Club - 55 questions adding the 7x and 8x tables
66 Club - 66 questions adding the 9x, 11x and 12x tables
77 Club - 77 questions consisting of inverse division facts
88 Club - 88 questions of mixed multiplication and division facts
99 Club - 99 questions of mixed multiplication and division facts
The ultimate challenge is to complete all 99 questions of the 99 Club unaided, with no errors and within five minutes!