Children are encouraged to become fluent in number skills mentally and orally. The development of these core number skills is developed from the Early years through to the end of Year 6. Children begin learning the relationships between numbers in bonds from EYFS and are secure in bonds to 20 by the end of Key Stage 1.
Children begin their times table journey in Year 1 chanting in multiple of 2,5, and 10 this is consolidated and built upon throughout year 2. By the time children access the years 3 curriculum their times table knowledge is broadened with a view to all tables being fluent and secure by the end of Year 4.
Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 all have Numbots accounts and access pre set tasks pitched at their next stage of fluency development in timed conditions regularly.
Year groups 2-6 access Times Table Rockstars regularly and seek to improve their accuracy and speed. teachers predetermine and target table for development using the software.
KS2 homework is focused around number fluency bi weekly to monitor children's times table acquisition and progress.
Year 3 and Year 4 are part of a special initiative whereby all children have a wristband with their focus times table on. They are then assessed weekly for progress. Once a child has secured all of their times tables in and out of order with great speed and accuracy they graduate from the wristband programme and are awarded a badge (see above). This initiative was supported by the JLT representative for mental maths , Oliver, who came up with the idea for the badges and encourages his peers to develop these skills.
Children's success with mental skill fluency are regularly celebrated on the school newsletter.