Cathedral School Calculation Policy

The school’s Calculation Policy is available below by operation and year group for ease of reading. You can download the whole document here.

Please read the guidance below before helping your child with these written methods.

When helping children at home with written calculation methods it is important that your child is taught consistency with what they are learning in school. It is often the case that parents will try to teach the methods they were taught at school, but sometimes this can do more harm than good as their child might be learning a different approach in school.

The methods taught to children in Year 5 and 6 will be perhaps most familiar to parents. In the younger year groups, emphasis is given to methods that encourage understanding of place value so that children gain a robust mathematical understanding of what is happening throughout the calculation, rather than try to perform a rote learned recipe.

The school has a Calculation Policy which provides guidance to teachers on how to teach addition, subtraction, multiplication and division in each year group. You can download the full document here. It was written by Diane Andrews for Southwark Council ahead of the new 2014 National Curriculum. We are lucky to have secured Diane’s skills and knowledge for the school and she has led four training sessions for the staff already this academic year.

Please ask your child which method they are currently using in school. It is often beneficial to recap what has been done successfully with children previously, before moving on. If, at any time, children are making significant errors, return to the previous year in calculation.

I have split the document up above by operation and year group for ease of reading. I hope this is informative and useful.

Best wishes,

Mr Scott

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