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At Southbourne Junior School, we use a variety of teaching and learning styles in mathematics lessons.  Our principal aim is to develop children's knowledge, skills and understanding in mathematics.  We do this through a daily lesson that has a high proportion of whole-class and group-direct teaching.  Emphasis is placed on mental strategies leading to more structured methods of calculation, supported with practical resources and strategies.  We encourage the children to use and apply their learning in 'real life' situations, therefore mathematical problems and investigations are an integral part of lessons.  Oral and mental arithmetic including multiplication tables, form a regular part of our mathematics teaching.