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Tutoring Sessions, Primary Planet, Maths Tutor Torbay

Mastery, Fluency, Reasoning and Problem Solving.

During KS1 and KS2 children are introduced to the foundations of mathematical concepts that serve as the building blocks for more advanced maths skills in later stages of education. During KS1 and KS2 children are introduced to the foundations of mathematical concepts that serve as the building blocks for more advanced math skills in later stages of education.

Number concepts are the cornerstone of mathematical thinking. A solid understanding of numbers, counting and place value is essential for comprehending more complex mathematical ideas in later years. Because primary maths skills build upon each other, it is essential that a firm understanding in all the key concepts is achieved before moving on to the next. If a child does not have adequate time to practice, apply and master concepts then gaps in their learning can occur.

At Primary Planet Tutoring we allow children time to use practical resources and manipulatives to support each child’s early mathematical development.

Our maths tuition is fully aligned to the national curriculum taught in schools and is based on the teaching for mastery approach where small step targets aim to avoid leaving any gaps in learning. It develops the three core principles: Fluency, Reasoning and Problem Solving which allows activities to be matched to your child’s ability. Your child will experience concrete practical activities to ensure understanding, pictorial representations to encourage making links and then, when ready, abstract learning of concepts.

Tutoring Sessions, Primary Planet, Maths Tutor Torbay
Tutoring Sessions, Primary Planet, Maths Tutor Torbay

Key things they will learn including...

Mastery Maths emphasises a deep and thorough understanding of mathematical concepts before moving on to more advanced topics. It aims to create a solid foundation of mathematical skills, promote critical thinking and foster a positive attitude towards mathematics.

The NCETM Mastering Maths project aims to secure firm foundations in the development of good number sense for all children in KS1 with the aim that children will enter KS2 with fluency in calculation and a confidence and flexibility with number. 

Number sense involves the intuitive grasp of quantities and the relationships between numbers. It requires children to think critically about numbers, patterns and relationships. Place value is the idea that the value of a digit in a number depends on its position within that number. Understanding place value is crucial for interpreting and manipulating multi-digit numbers. A strong foundation in number sense and place value boosts children’s confidence. When they feel competent with basic numerical concepts, they’re more likely to approach more complex topics with a positive attitude.

The four basic operations are addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Developing fluency in these basic operations allows children to perform calculations accurately and effectively. The development of key number facts and mental strategies enable children to learn logical reasoning skills as they apply rules and patterns to solve problems before moving on to formal methods of recording.

During this topic, children learn to identify and describe 2D and 3D shapes. They learn the mathematical vocabulary to describe these shapes according to their properties and to sort and make comparisons. They will also learn to understand basic spatial relationships, recognise patterns, symmetry, rotation and reflection.

In these topics, children will explore: Money; recognising coins and notes, investigating their values and applying their knowledge of calculations to add amounts and give change. Tell the time; using analogue and digital (KS2) clocks and work out different time intervals. Measurement; involving length, height, volume and weight using standard units and convert between different units of measurement. Collect and Representing Data; using a variety of graphs and charts, interpreting and analysing the data they represent.

Fluency: Developing a solid foundation in facts, operations and methods. Children perform calculations accurately and efficiently. Reasoning: Making sense of concepts and developing the ability to explain their thinking and choices. They make logical connections and analyse patterns. Problem Solving: Applying knowledge and skills to real-world situations and contexts. It challenges children to think creatively, adapt strategies and persevere through solving problems.

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