For Key Stage 1, years 1 and 2 the children are introduced to ‘Number Stories’ to improve children’s recall of key maths facts and their speed in calculating.
The aim is that children will be confident with their basic number facts and will be able to quickly calculate answers to questions. With mental calculations being the key to all number work, it is crucial that we give the children every chance to reach their potential.
All parents are encouraged to help in enthusing their child about ‘Number Stories’ and also to help them practice their skills regularly at home.
Please see below the Number Bonds used.
From the start of KS2, children at St Michael’s take part in our school mental maths scheme called ‘Monster Maths’. The children work their way through 5 stages of progressive difficulty. The emphasis is on home practice, although the children will also cover the skills in their daily maths lessons.
The focus of the scheme is on developing quick recall of number facts such as; times tables, division facts and basic addition/subtraction sums.
The children will be tested each week and will have 2 minutes to answer as many questions as possible.
See below for information about each stage and some example tests.