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Mathematics

We aim to help children develop their knowledge and understanding of Maths in an enjoyable way, but one which will also prepare them for adult life as well as help them achieve the requirements of the National Curriculum at the level appropriate to their maximum potential.  Some of the keys to success in Maths are the willingness to have a go, to persevere and to learn from our mistakes.  These attributes are encouraged within our teaching.  In our daily Maths lessons, we use diagnostic questioning to ascertain each child’s level of knowledge and understanding in the concept being taught and use the outcome to ensure that they are working on the activity which provides them with the best level of challenge.  We encourage our children to take responsibility for their own learning too by self-assessing.  Their progress is carefully monitored and they have the opportunity to move between activities when the level of challenge is no longer suitable for them.  Our children are given the opportunity to work both in groups and individually, using a variety of resources and on activities which are context based as much as is possible.  Children are encouraged to cooperate within a group and to explain/ discuss their thinking, observations and understanding.  We aim for all our pupils to:

  • Have a sense of the size of a number and where it fits into the number system;
  • Know by heart number facts such as number bonds, multiplication tables, doubles and halves;
  • Use what they know by heart to figure out answers mentally;
  • Calculate accurately and efficiently, both mentally and with pencil and paper, drawing on a range of calculation strategies;
  • Make sense of number problems, including non-routine problems and recognise the operations needed to solve them;
  • Explain their methods and reasoning using correct mathematical terms;
  • Judge whether their answers are reasonable and have strategies for checking them where necessary;
  • Suggest suitable units for measuring and make sensible estimates of measurement;
  • Develop an awareness of shape and space around us;
  • Explain and make predictions from the numbers in graphs, diagrams, charts and tables;
  • To be able to apply their skills, knowledge and understanding to a wide range of contexts, relevant to Maths in everyday life.

We have adopted the BIG MATHS approach, developing the knowledge and rapid recall of the key number facts. This is incorporated into the Maths lessons across the school with children in KS2 also developing this within additional discrete learning challenges each week.

Big Maths

Big Maths leaflet 

Calculation Policy 2014

 

Going for Gold

Going for Gold is our target setting approach for Maths.  The main purpose of the targets are to ensure that key instant recall facts and other key mathematical knowledge and skills are developed and secure.  Two targets are set each month and include key instant recall facts, i.e. times tables, and another key area/ skill, i.e. multiplying by 10, 100 and 1000.  Homework is linked to these targets.

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