Emphasis is placed on the teaching of mathematical skills and strategies through the structured programme of teaching. The children are encouraged to become confident explorers and users of all aspects of the Mathematics National Curriculum. Mental maths is practiced daily as part of the mathematics lesson and is an essential element to the children’s mathematical development. Children are further encouraged to practice mental maths skills such as times tables and number bonds at home. The children are also given rich mathematical tasks, which challenge them to apply what has been learnt to unfamiliar situations through practical and investigative work.