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. We want all children to acquire mastery of mathematics and continue acquiring mastery throughout their school lives, and beyond.

 

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.

 

This link takes you to the The Primary Mathematics Curriculum 

 

The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately
  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
  • can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

We have recently started to use a published scheme to support our planning and teaching of mathematics: Power Maths

Power Maths is a whole-class mastery programme. It has been created by Pearsons in partnership with White Rose Maths. It integrates fluency, reasoning and problem solving.

 

The Power Maths Scheme provides the teachers with model plans, on-line resources and visual models that complement the physical resources that they use with the children.  The children respond to the teaching in their own practice books. 

 

The activities in their books give the children opportunities to apply the strategies and skills the teacher has taught in an independent manner. Each lesson’s activities conclude with a reasoning task.

 

 

As we have mixed age classes, we have developed a number of strategies to ensure that of the children get the maximum impact from the teaching and

the independent work.

 

We also use Mathletics (a computer programme) in school and as part of the homework.

Click here to go to the log-in page. If your child has lost their log-in and/or password please contact the class teacher or send an email to the office.

 

How can you help your child with maths?

This is an extract from our calculation policy which has Maths At Home suggestions for each of the areas of arithmetic. The entire calculation policy can be accessed by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page.

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

 

Practising Times Tables and Other Number Facts

Be able to instantly recall number facts such as number bonds (numbers that add together to make a specific total), times tables and division facts is a key part of fluency. It enables children to use their time and attention on solving problems. Instant recall only comes with lots of practice and regular reinforcement.

This Link takes you to a free maths game where your child can see how well they use a whole range of maths facts. They can set their own numbers to work within so it is suitable for learners of all ages.

 

 

 

 

 

For the full policy, click on the document below.