Maths

Maths
Maths is taught according to the national curriculum for all classes. We use Power Maths schemes of work from Year 1 to Year 6 and supplement this with other material as necessary. The lessons vary in length depending on the work. A Power Maths lesson typically last an hour, however 'Maths Talk' lessons are around 25 minutes.  All children are expected to learn multiplication tables and will be tested regularly. We use Rock Star Times Tables from Year 2 onwards, the children all have a log in so they can access this from home and school.
 
Although the learning of mathematical skills is important, more important still is the implementation of these skills in a real context, hence the emphasis on ‘real life’ problems and problem solving.
 
We are working very hard to develop maths across our school. One of the most important ways we think we can really improve the outcomes for our children in maths is by working in partnership with you, our parents and carers. When we held our workshop for parents those that came felt it would be really beneficial to have more information about maths and helping your child at home. Each class now has a maths monkey so you can talk about maths even more!
 

Key Stage 1

The principal focus of mathematics teaching in key stage 1 is to ensure that pupils develop confidence and mental fluency with whole numbers, counting and place value. This should involve working with numerals, words and the four operations, including with practical resources [for example, concrete objects and measuring tools]. At this stage, pupils should develop their ability to recognise, describe, draw, compare and sort different shapes and use the related vocabulary. Teaching should also involve using a range of measures to describe and compare different quantities such as length, mass, capacity/volume, time and money. By the end of year 2, pupils should know the number bonds to 20 and be precise in using and understanding place value. An emphasis on practice at this early stage will aid fluency. Pupils should read and spell mathematical vocabulary, at a level consistent with their increasing word reading and spelling knowledge at key stage 1.

 

Key Stage 2 (Lower)

The principal focus of mathematics teaching in lower key stage 2 is to ensure that pupils become increasingly fluent with whole numbers and the four operations, including number facts and the concept of place value. This should ensure that pupils develop efficient written and mental methods and perform calculations accurately with increasingly large whole numbers. At this stage, pupils should develop their ability to solve a range of problems, including with simple fractions and decimal place value. Teaching should also ensure that pupils draw with increasing accuracy and develop mathematical reasoning so they can analyse shapes and their properties, and confidently describe the relationships between them. It should ensure that they can use measuring instruments with accuracy and make connections between measure and number. By the end of year 4, pupils should have memorised their multiplication tables up to and including the 12 multiplication table and show precision and fluency in their work. Pupils should read and spell mathematical vocabulary correctly and confidently, using their growing word reading knowledge and their knowledge of spelling.

 

Key Stage 2 (Upper)

The principal focus of mathematics teaching in upper key stage 2 is to ensure that pupils extend their understanding of the number system and place value to include larger integers. This should develop the connections that pupils make between multiplication and division with fractions, decimals, percentages and ratio. At this stage, pupils should develop their ability to solve a wider range of problems, including increasingly complex properties of numbers and arithmetic, and problems demanding efficient written and mental methods of calculation. With this foundation in arithmetic, pupils are introduced to the language of algebra as a means for solving a variety of problems. Teaching in geometry and measures should consolidate and extend knowledge developed in number. Teaching should also ensure that pupils classify shapes with increasingly complex geometric properties and that they learn the vocabulary they need to describe them. By the end of year 6, pupils should be fluent in written methods for all four operations, including long multiplication and division, and in working with fractions, decimals and percentages. Pupils should read, spell and pronounce mathematical vocabulary correctly.

 

 

www.mathsthroughstories.org (maths stories to share with children)

www.nrich.maths.org (to sign up to parent newsletter)

www.wild.maths.org (for engaging children in mathematics)

www.familymathstoolkit.org.uk (for developing adult numeracy skills)

Calculation Protocol Documents (to help parents and carers support their child(ren)) can be found below, along with the Cambs Learn Together 'Maths at Home' document: