Lyneham Primary School

Lyneham Primary School

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Number Sense

As part of our Maths curriculum at Lyneham Primary School, we have adopted a programme of teaching called Number Sense, we is included within our daily teaching of Maths lessons. Number Sense Maths provides three teaching programmes and associated training for teachers. The programmes build a deep understanding of number and number relationships and develop fluency in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts and concepts. The comprehensive training supports teachers to implement the programmes and to achieve the best outcomes for their children.

The Number Sense Maths programmes are informed by research into children's attainment of number sense, children's attainment of fluency in addition and subtraction facts, and children's attainment of fluency in multiplication facts. 10 research principles underpin the programmes:

1. The automatic retrieval of basic maths facts is critical to solving complex maths problems.

2. Children benefit from moving beyond counting in ones to solve addition and subtraction facts.

3. We have an innate ability to process quantities visually. We can use this to support our learning of addition and subtraction facts.

4. Developing an understanding of part whole relationships supports fluency in number facts.

5. Using a derived fact strategy approach is the best way to commit addition and subtraction facts to memory.

6. Systematic teaching of derived fact strategies is effective for all, including children identified as low attainers.

7. Teaching derived fact strategies leads not only to fluency in number facts, but also to an understanding of number relationships.

8. Evidence of learning and applying strategies as a route to fluency is mainly from research with additive facts. For multiplication facts, verbal memory appears to play a stronger role in automaticity.

9. Automatic retrieval of multiplication facts relies on successful rehearsal of the facts.

10. Rehearsal of multiplication facts should focus on a few facts at a time. Retrieval should be time limited, with correct responses given when facts are not retrieved within the response time.

 Number Sense Programme - EYFS.pdfDownload
 Number Sense Programme KS1.pdfDownload
 Numbersense KS2 - Times Tables Fluency Programme.pdfDownload
 Number Sense Parent Guide to Times Tables.pdfDownload
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