We aim to equip our pupils with a variety of strategies for calculation and in particular mental calculation, so that paper and pencil methods are only used where numbers are large and unmanageable. To support children’s understanding, practical equipment is used. As they get more secure with the concept, we encourage the children to use pictorial representations to help show their thinking. This then moves to making jottings and then onto recording the process of their calculation in an expanded form e.g. by using a number line, to ensure understanding. All of this takes place before we teach compact, efficient standard written methods. Number bonds and multiplication tables are emphasised at the appropriate stages and we welcome parental support in helping children to learn these vital building blocks to mathematical success. Numeracy is a life skill and we seek to link the teaching of concepts with real life situations and problems. We aim to develop confidence and foster enthusiasm for maths.