Guilden Morden Church of England (VC) Primary Academy

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Maths

Maths

Our aim is to develop children into confident mathematicians who are able to use mathematics as a tool in a wide range of activities both in and out of school.  

 

Throughout the school the children are involved in daily mathematical activities based on the requirements of the National Curriculum and their own needs and interests.

 

A high priority is given to using practical approaches to develop concrete understanding and the use of reasoning to develop knowledge and understanding of how mathematics works and therefore be able to grasp and utilise the more abstract elements. We focus on teaching children mental strategies so that this part of their problem solving becomes efficient and accurate. Problem solving activities develop in complexity and use both basic and more advanced numeracy skills as the children move through the school.

 

The use of technology is vital to the children’s learning in some areas of mathematics, therefore the children have opportunities to explore and use a range of teaching resources.

 

We use a number of curriculum tools to support maths in school, including the Abacus maths scheme, which provides workbooks and online and Interactive Whiteboard resources that teachers use. We are also using some of the maths mastery methods from the White Rose Maths Hub and the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) website. We also use Mathletics (a computer programme) in school and as part of the homework.

 

 

How can you help your child with maths?

This is an extract from our calcuation policy which has Maths At Home suggestions for each of the areas of arithmetic.

Maths At Home: Addition

  • Counting with objects at home, such as toys and books
  • Counting in twos with pairs of socks, shoes or gloves
  • Adding common coins to make different totals
  • Adding items to shopping baskets, including counting fruit and vegetables
  • Adding measurements of length, volume and mass of objects
  • Weighing and measuring for practical applications, such as cooking, planning parties and building construction models

 

For the full policy, click on the document below.