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At Front Lawn we develop children's mathematical thinking through a problem solving approach where skills and knowledge are mastered within a range of contexts. We pay particular attention to acquiring essential core skills as well as deepening understanding of concepts by giving our children a range of opportunities to analyse and talk about their mathematical thinking. 

Problem solving

We use some of principles from Talk for Writing to provide opportunities for children to experience, explore and manipulate a range of mathematical concepts through guided, group and individual tasks. Key mathematical vocabulary is introduced, practised and used to explain mathematical thinking so that it becomes part of a child's everyday language.


Problems are not instantly calculable, often follow a line of enquiry and require children to use higher order reasoning skills. Children are expected to make links with prior learning and known strategies. They will consider different approaches to problem solving and establish efficient calculation methods.


It is essential for all our pupils to learn instant recall of mathematical facts. Known facts should include pairs of numbers up to 10, 20 and 100 and multiplication facts up to 12x12.The ability to instantly recall such number facts will help raise a child's confidence and ability to think creatively to solve mathematical problems. 



                      If you have ten counters numbered 1 to 10 , how many can you put into pairs that add to 8 ?
                                                                                                                  Can you use them all?
                                                                                                                 Say how you got your answer.


Thorough knowledge of number facts help in many calculations,


e.g. 47                            47

     -14                          +14                                      Knowing that 4+3=7, 7-3=4 will make this calculation easy to complete

    _____                      _____

    _____                      _____   


Our children will explore and analyse solutions to mathematical concepts to enable them to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematical thinking. Through varied and frequent practice, and opportunities to discuss approaches, the children will develop the ability to recall and apply mathematical knowledge rapidly and accurately.



Children are taught written calculations in line with expectations from the National Maths Curriculum. We have high expectations to ensure age-appropriate methods are learned, evaluated and applied through a contextual approach.


Times Tables at Front Lawn                                                                                          


The 99 Club aims to raise standards in maths through encouraging pupils to improve their mental calculations when attempting quick-fire multiplication and division problems.


With repeated practice, the scheme should result in increased speed and confidence when tackling mental maths problems without relying on written workings and methods.


Pupils will begin at the 11 Club and work their way up, having at least 1 opportunity per week to answer all calculations at their current level unaided and within the allotted time of five minutes.


If all of the calculations are answered correctly twice in a row, the child moves up to the next level! 

Key Instant Recall Facts (KIRFs)


Below are the Key Instant Recall Facts or KIRFs for your child’s year group.  They are used to help develop children’s fluency in mathematics.  Help your child at home by encouraging them to learn these Key Instant Recall Facts.  Each term we will send home a new set to focus on.  We would love for you to practice them with your child at least three times a week.  



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