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

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

 In school we recognise the importance of knowing our times tables - speed and accuracy are important and allow us to complete harder calculations more easily.

 

 From 2020, children in Year 4 will take a Multiplication Tables Fluency Assessment in June. The children need to be able to recall the facts, accurately and quickly.

 

To support the children to learn their times tables we have a number of approaches. We use a card game in school called Tackling Tables, that helps the children to speed up their recall.

 

We are now also using Times Tables Rock Stars.

Times Table Rock Stars is a fun and challenging programme designed to help students master the times tables. To be a Times Table Rock Star you need to answer any multiplication fact up to 12×12 in less than 3 seconds.

 

 

 

 

 MATHS CHASE

This Link takes you to maths chase with free maths games 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.

 

 

CALCULATORS.ORG

 This link will take you to Calculators.org where you will find lots of different fun free maths games. A star system is used to show difficulty.

 

 

 

For the full maths policy, click on the document below.