At Churchside, we aim to foster an enthusiasm for Maths, at the same time as developing a confident understanding of the subject. Children should be able to effectively use Maths as a tool both within and outside of school. They should also develop an interest in the subject in its own right, by exploring patterns and discussing mathematical ideas. Our Golden Threads ensure these key elements are developed throughout each year group:
Maths teaching takes a variety of forms: arithmetic sessions and Maths meetings (aka. ‘We Love Maths’ & ‘We will rock Maths’) and the daily Maths lesson develop a secure understanding of mathematical concepts and skills; cross-curricular lessons give children a chance to use these skills for a real purpose; Big Question, Problem-Solving & Investigation sessions encourage children to explore, question and understand that there isn’t always a right answer. Throughout the week all children have opportunities to both develop their ability to work independently and to work collaboratively, discussing their ideas in pairs or groups.
Our long-term plans sets out the content to be covered in each year group. During the year 2020-21 we ran a recovery curriculum, informed by the Ready to Progress Criteria. This ensured that the most important maths ideas that children need in order to move forward were covered first, filling-gaps rom missed learning due to school closures. Review of this informed our long-term plan for 2021-22 and this is regularly adjusted in light of what they children need. For the most up-to-date information on what each class is currently covering, please refer to the class webpages, google classroom or contact the class teacher.
We use a range of models and images to help children develop a firm understanding of mathematical concepts. Our Calculations Policy shows how we teach each mathematical operation, the steps they progress through, ways of modelling each and the key vocabulary. We have added an extra section on Fractions to show how to model this particular tricky area of Maths. These policies ensure a consistent approach across the classes and parents may also find these documents useful when supporting at home.
How can I help my child at home?
Our Maths Essentials set out the core facts and skills that children need to succeed in each year group alongside ideas for activities you can do. These can all be easily practised at home. Our End of Year Expectations booklets give more detail as to the what children should be able to do by the end of each school year. The following websites are also useful:
- Times Table Rockstars (contact class teacher for your child’s individual login)
- Numbots (contact class teacher for your child’s individual login)
- Maths Frame (contact class teacher or see the newsletter for school login)
- 1 Minute Maths (recommended app to download on phone or tablet)
- Purple Mash (see class teacher for your child’s log-in)
- Cool Maths 4 Kids Games
- Maths Zone Games
- BBC Bitesize Learn & Revise
- Maths Glossary for Parents