Our approach to Basic Skills

At Chesterton we place a huge focus on all our children being fluent in their basic skills by the time they leave Year 6.

In English this means being able to spell age-related words correctly, including all High Frequency words and having legible joined up handwriting. In Maths this means being able to recite their times tables (up to 12x12) accurately. 

Children practise basic skills within every lesson and we hold many competitions throughout the year to celebrate our successes. Parents and carers can find resources to support your child at home below:

English

Years 1 and 2 - need to know the first 100 High Frequency words at this link.

Years 3, 4 and 5 - need to know the first 100 High Frequency words and the next 200 High Frequency words at this link.

Maths

Please see the table below to help you to support your child's learning. 

 

Half term in which skills are taught Nursery Reception Year 1  Year 2    Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6
Autumn 1 - I can subitise numbers up to 5. number bonds within 5 Number bonds within 20 4 times tables. 11, 12 times tables. 2, 4, 8, 3, 6, 9 times tables. Number bonds to 1 (use 1/10)
Numbers to 1 (using 1/100)
Autumn 2 - I can subitise numbers up to 5. number bonds within 5 2 times tables. 8 times tables. 2, 4, 8 times tables. 10, 11, 12, 7 times tables. Known facts using 50.
Known facts using 25.
Spring 1  - I know my double facts up to 6. number bonds to 10 10 times tables. 3 times tables. 3, 6, 9 times tables. Unit fractions of numbers
e.g. 1/3 of 30
Known facts using 10.
Known facts using 20.
Spring 2 I can select a number of objects from a group. I know my double facts up to 10. number bonds to 10 5 times tables. 6 times tables. 7 times tables. Unit fractions of numbers
e.g. 1/3 of 30
Fractions, decimals, percentages and equivalences.
Summer 1 I can recite up to number 5 in sequence. I can recall my number bonds up to 5. number bonds within 20 I can count in 3s 9 times tables. All times tables. Squared numbers  Cubed numbers.
Summer 2 I can represent a number up to 5 using my fingers. I can recall my number bonds up to 10. number bonds within 20 I can count in 15s up to 60 7 times tables. All times tables. All times tables.  All times tables.