When pupils progress to our lower Key Stage classrooms, they are exposed to a wider variety of mathematical concepts and methods. They continue to use concrete resources but these are increasingly linked to abstract mathematical ideas.
Here at Dusit, our Lower Key Stage Two teachers know that mathematical fluency is at the core of everything pupils do, so classes focus on developing a strong understanding of written methods of calculation. However, we also know that every child is different, so they are exposed to a wide variety of methods and are encouraged to think carefully about which makes the most sense for them.
At this point in their learning journey, pupils at Dusit also begin to turn their focus to thinking like a mathematician. Teachers encourage every student to consider the different ways they can approach a given problem and students are asked to think about how they can solve problems in different ways and how they can pick efficient methods.