Maths is taught across the school in daily maths lessons and through cross curricular links within our topics. The 2014 National Curriculum aims to ensure all pupils become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, reason mathematically and can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems.
Manipulatives and resources are used across the year groups so that children can have concrete experiences that enable them to create visual images. There is a progression of mental and written calculations across the different year groups which can be seen on the link below. Children are encouraged to articulate their learning and to become pattern spotters and be resilient when problem solving.
Early Bird Maths (EBM)
We start every day with EBM where for 20 minutes the children focus on a number of arithmetic questions to reinforce and consolidate arithmetic skills that have been previously taught. We believe that this plays an important role in the children becoming fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics and develops the children’s ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
Every Tuesday, children in Key Stage Two receive four calculations to complete. The children should use the methods that they have learnt in class. In addition to this, children receive a piece of maths home learning on a Friday every week. This will link to the objectives that the children have been looking at that week. It is essential that children complete these tasks so that they can refine their use of written methods. In the new curriculum, there is an emphasis on using written methods. At the end of year six, children will sit a Mental Arithmetic Paper which will focus on their use of written methods across different topics.
If you or your child is unsure about which methods to use, then please let your child's class teacher know and they will be able to support you with this.
As a school we use Mathletics to help improve basic skills and speed of recall of important facts. Every child has their own username and password and is given opportunities to use it in lessons, early morning activities, lunchtime clubs and as home learning. Tasks are set by the class teacher and children are able to play against each other and others from around the world in Live Mathletics.
Children can gain bronze, silver and gold certificates which are celebrated at school. Certificates are given out weekly in Key Stage assemblies and a certificate and marbles are awarded to the class who have the most certificates each week.
Maths at Home
By the end of year four, all children should know all of their times tables up to 12 x 12. Although children will have a chance to learn and practise these at school, it must be supported by regular practice at home. There are many different ways to practise times tables with your child and a varied diet of different methods will support children to become fluent in this skill.
- Learning Times table songs. These are available online or to buy on cds and can also be found on Mathletics.
- Practising a couple of multiplication calculations each night and building up a times table throughout the week.
- Completing times table grids.
- Displaying times tables around the house as a constant reminder.
- Playing times table games at home.
- Chanting times tables when walking up the stairs.
How else can I help my child?
- Talking about maths that is happening in the 'real world' (e.g. if there are large numbers on TV, can they read them? Do they know what 100 more/100 less would be etc.)
- Regularly practising written methods.
- Letting your child have some responsibility over money and buying things using correct change at the shop.
- Buying your child a watch and encouraging them to tell the time.
- Playing maths games (e.g. Battleships or countdown)
Below is a link to different ideas and activities which you could do with your child at home.