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At Thornton, we believe that the skills taught in Maths are essential for life.

Pupils learn from an early age the value of being numerate and we have a carefully planned syllabus, which is designed to maximise the potential of each child. We are developing a mastery approach, which emphasises depth of learning, fluency in number facts and development of problem solving skills. These are the same areas of focus, which are exhibited by the mathematically highest achieving educational jurisdictions in the world.

Through a variety of teaching activities and different learning experiences, students are encouraged to develop an enquiring, mathematical mind, moving beyond simply learning by rote to a thorough grasp and understanding of the concepts. The classroom is seen as a place of learning. Students are encouraged to have a mindset that effort creates success, skills can be developed, mistakes are development opportunities and resilience is tantamount. There is an emphasis on depth of understanding. Each concept taught is broken down into small logical steps and taught in different ways, often using concrete experiences and manipulatives, before moving on to pictorial representations and finally symbolic representations.

Maths is taught by the class teacher in Early Years Foundation Stage to Year 3. In Years 4-6, students begin to be taught by our dedicated team of maths teachers. We adopt a personalised approach to learning and have high expectations of every child. Any areas a child finds difficult are addressed through personal challenges and a variety of teaching strategies are used to ensure that all students can reach their full potential. The students and their results are closely monitored on a regular basis to make certain that their needs are met as fully as possible.

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