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Mathematics

A high-quality mathematics education provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.” National Curriculum

 

Our aim is to develop attitudes to mathematics which enable each child to:

  • Find the subject interesting and attractive
  • Think clearly and logically with confidence and independence of thought
  • Appreciate the creative aspects of maths – its patterns and relationships
  • Enable the development of mental maths strategies in each Key Stage

We give every child within our two schools opportunities to experience as many aspects of mathematics as possible. 

Mathematics programmes of study: key stages 1 and 2

The National Curriculum is supplemented by other texts and practical activities necessary to facilitate learning and understanding

An overview of topics can be found for each Key Stage  by clicking on the links below

 

KS1                                                      KS2

In school we use a range of equipment to enhance learning.  The use of calculators is allowed, but we encourage children to develop mathematical skills by learning basic concepts e.g.

  • Multiplication tables
  • Skills of computation
  • Measuring skills

Each child may work individually, as part of a group or in a paired situation as appropriate – working at his/her own level.  There is sufficient flexibility to allow children to cross chronological boundaries to ensure that the work is appropriate to every child’s individual ability.(see below for more details)

We feel that we have a responsibility to make Mathematics an enjoyable experience as well as a challenging activity.  We encourage children to develop a positive attitude towards the many facets of mathematics.

Wherever possible we endeavour to relate mathematics to everyday life, the child’s environment and other subjects within the curriculum.

 

Mental Maths Agility

Regular opportunities for developing mental maths strategies are provided in each Key Stage and we encourage the instant recall of mathematical facts  e.g.

  • To add 9 …….add ten then minus 1, apply to adding 19, 29, 39 etc…
  • Halving and doubling
  • Counting backwards - an important, and yet often understated skill.

Competence in mental maths skills is developed increasingly as the children mature, so that by Y6 we expect our pupils to demonstrate a high standard of understanding and the ability to apply known skills to mathematics.

 

Mathematical Calculations Booklet

Do you ever watch your children doing their mathematics homework and get bewildered by the methods they are using?

Do you ever try to help but find it is difficult and it leads to frustration either on the part of you or your children?

Do you ever try to teach your child the methods you learnt at school and your child ends up confused?

Click here to access our calculations booklet

To help clarify the methods of calculation we use in school, for the four rules of number, you can click on the link above to access a booklet we have put together to help both you and your children.

As a general guide:

  • Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 use stages 1 - 3
  • Year 3 and Year 4 use stages 4 - 5
  • Year 5 and Year 6 use stages 6 - 7

There may however be times when your child remains on an earlier stage to enhance their understanding and confidence or is moved on to a higher stage.

 

 

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