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Maths

We aim to make our pupils fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, so they have a sound understanding of the concepts involved and can apply what they have learnt quickly and accurately. Great emphasis is placed on developing the children’s ability to reason mathematically and to solve problems using their maths skills.

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The curriculum covers areas such as:

  • Number and place value : e.g. ordering and comparing numbers; rounding
  • Calculation: addition and subtraction; multiplication and division-with increasingly larger numbers
  • Fractions , decimals and percentages
  • Measurement: lengths (m/cm/mm); mass (kg/g); volume/capacity (l/ml); time
  • Geometry: 2D and 3D shapes; angles; symmetry
  • Statistics: bar charts; line graphs; pictograms and tables

We ensure children have access to “concrete” resources to strengthen their understanding before moving on to “pictorial” representations and then the ability to work in abstract representations.

A great importance is  placed on the use and precision of mathematical vocabulary and the children’s ability to understand and use this confidently. Opportunities are given for the children to work collaboratively and links made,  with other learning across the curriculum as well as real-life applications.

Children are assessed regularly so that we are aware of their attainment and progress. Interventions are delivered, within maths lessons themselves and at other times, to help the children make accelerated progress. Support is also given by our skilled teaching assistants and, some children access small group or 1:1 work with an accredited Numbers Count specialist.

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Every day, each class does a 15 minutes “Magic Maths” session, where everyone practises their mental maths skills doing activities such as times tables; doubling numbers; telling the time. The children are also challenged to learn their Times Tables as they move through the school: firstly in order, then in random order and then knowing the corresponding division facts. When they have mastered their 2x, 5x and 10x tables in this way they are awarded a Times Tables pencil in our celebration assembly and, when they know all their tables up to 12 x 12 in this manner, they receive a geometry set!

Every week there is also a whole school “Maths Challenge of the Week” with an award in our celebration assembly each Friday.

Out of school, children can be supported especially by times table practice or practising similar maths topics do those being done in class in Maths Magic time. A good website for children to go to is: Topmarks Maths https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games

Maths Games

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