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To ensure that children gain an understanding of our number system, the importance of place value and why formal methods work, they are taught in a structured and progressive way. This mathematical fluency helps children to choose an appropriate strategy for the calculation given. For instance, it may be that a mental addition strategy is better suited than the formal column method. Children develop their skills with larger and more complex numbers (decimal, negatives, fractions etc.) as they move up the school.


The videos linked below demonstrate the column method used for addition:

Disclaimer - The linked videos are from an external website. Although we make every effort to ensure these links are accurate, up to date and relevant, Wickham Common Primary School cannot take responsibility for pages maintained by external providers

Supporting your child with maths


As parents and carers you play a vital role in supporting your child's development of mathematical skills and understanding.

Further information about the way maths is taught at Wickham Common can be found in our Calculation Policy.  If you have any questions about maths home learning, or the methods and strategies we use when teaching, please do not hesitate to contact your child's class teacher, or one of us.
The latest Maths curriculum, as laid out by the Department for Education, can be found here.

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