Mathematics is a key life skill and we therefore aim to develop knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematics linking these to real life problems and practical applications.  Emphasis is put on developing an understanding of number and calculation skills as these underpin all other areas of mathematics.  From Foundation Stage children build up a love for number, playing number games and gaining confidence in using maths in their play.  In year 1 and onwards, children will learn their times tables and practise mental calculation skills each day.  This develops confidence and extends their reasoning and thinking skills as well as their ability to select the appropriate mathematics to tackle more complex problems as they move through the school.  Our Calculations Policy clearly demonstrates calculation strategies appropriate for each year group.