In KS1, we continue to build on the fluency and mastery learnt in EYFS. We shift the focus from the traditional ‘finding the answer’ to identifying how equations can be balanced, helping pupils to see what is common in calculations involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
Optima Maths has three major strands.
- to teach the full range of counting skills required to become a highly competent mathematician so that essential knowledge can be recalled instantaneously;
- to teach computational skills to high levels of accuracy and fluency, which is crucial to being able to apply these skills;
- to use and apply mathematical knowledge in a range of contexts such as word problems, practical and theoretical investigations and whole-school collaborations. This way, students explore ways in which maths is used in everyday life and learn its relevance.