Arithmetic and Number Sense

At Foxfield Arithmetic is taught daily where children recall basic number facts. Children use known facts of basic addition, subtraction, multiplication and division as well as place value to support them. Through the teaching of Arithmetic pupils are encouraged to use various mental strategies and be able to orally explain the strategy used. Arithmetic lessons are planned for with a focus on each week through our Medium terms plans where teachers identify and plan gaps.

Arithmetic Focus

Recap 2 times table

Grouping numbers

Arithmetic Focus

Recap 5 times table

Grouping numbers

Arithmetic Focus

Recap 10 times table

Grouping numbers

Arithmetic Focus

Dividing by 2

Arithmetic Focus

Dividing by 5

Arithmetic Focus

Dividing by 10


Number Talks is an approach to the teaching and learning of Number Sense. Rather than relying on the rote-memorisation of isolated number facts, Number Talks aim to build confident, number fluency, where learners recognise patterns within and between numbers and understand the properties of numbers and operations.Number talks

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Number Talks is a learning session that engages students in an active learning process as they search for patterns, decompose and recompose numbers and develop a flexible understanding. The language of a number talk is very deliberate and designed to invite participation and alternate perspectives:

‘Who has an idea for a solution?’ rather than ‘Who knows the answer?”

All responses are valued and no response is dismissed. Each time a student is told their thinking is wrong, they learn that in mathematics there is a right answer and the goal is to guess what that answer is, however that thinking does not always allow for a deeper level of connection to take place. Number talks work best within a culture that values mathematical thinking more than calculation. Students should be encouraged to share their ideas, debate responses, look for other solutions and demonstrate their thinking in multiple ways. Here are some examples of questions that could be used for Number Talks, why not try out some of these at home?

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