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Basic skills

Basic skills are taught on a daily basis. The sessions are used to revisit and consolidate key skills that have already been taught. Through these sessions, it provides children with the opportunity to form a solid and deep understanding of key skills. This in turn will give children a greater benefit in applying these essential skills in problem solving, investigations, reasoning and in different contexts outside of the maths lesson.



Basic skills are timetabled through weekly Esti-mysteries, daily Flashback 4, 4 a day sessions, times table sessions for KS2 and the Mastering Number programme for Reception, Year 1, 2, 4 and 5. At the start of each lesson, classes also have 'get ready' questions, which help children to use key facts and previous knowledge to help them answer the questions.  In addition, all maths lessons start with a problem, which build on previous learning.