We believe that learning, using and applying mathematics should be a positive experience for children. Mathematics is used in so many areas of life and is often applied without us even realising it!
We want to ensure that our children develop a love of maths. This means that we must bring it to life for them. To do this, we endeavour to give them a broad range of opportunities to develop their knowledge and skills right across our curriculum. Over the last five terms, we have been developing our own brand of learning: EPIC! The "E" stands for Enquiry-led learning which means that we support children to develop an independent approach to their learning. To assist this, 'Projects' (with integrated subjects) encourage children to explore ideas, reason and solve real-life problems.
New National Curriculum 2014
September 2014 saw the introduction of a new National Curriculum which has brought many changes for the maths curriculum. There is now a greater expectation of children’s mathematical capabilities. For example, children must know all times tables (up to 12 x 12), by the end of Year 4,.
Probability and calculation skills have been removed from the statutory guidance. However, we believe that these skills are still valuable and will be embedded within our Projects..
In 2016, Year 6 children will sit the new end of Key Stage 2 tests. These tests will include an arithmetic test, where they will be asked to demonstrate their understanding of formal methods, and two 40 minute papers that will have contextualised problems.
Our Mathematics Calculation Policy
We recognise that children need a range of calculation strategies which are efficient, accurate and reliable. We have carefully developed our calculation policy to ensure that children learn and apply a range of strategies which develop from the simple counting of objects (Year 1) to a formal written method, such as long division (Year 6). Our calculation policy is applied by all our staff to ensure we have a consistent approach to developing the strategies your child uses. We encourage you to use this document at home with your child as this will reinforce the learning that takes place in the classroom.
Every child in the school has been registered with the award winning Mathletics website. This interactive site is full of helpful guidance, games and challenges. Home Learning may be set from Mathletics, and will be dependent upon the area of Maths or the Project that your child is studying, as well as their own understanding of a concept or method.
Mathletics also provides a fantastic opportunity to develop children’s mental skills through healthy competition. ‘Live’ Mathletics allows children to select their level and then challenge other people from their class, the United Kingdom or around the world.
Interventions and Extensions
We set high expectations for your child, tailoring the learning to ensure they are appropriately challenged. We monitor the children's progress carefully and organise intervention groups for children who are ready for an additional boost whilst also giving regular, small-group support to those children finding a specific area challenging.
How you can help your child
It is essential that we work together, in partnership, to develop and support your child’s education. Within mathematics you can help your child through everyday tasks and in simple way, for example: