As Maths is taught very differently compared to when most of us were at school, we use a calculation policy to make sure that there is a consistent approach to the teaching of Maths. This document should also help you to help your child when they have some arithmetic to practise at home.
Our Essential Characteristics of Mathematicians
• An understanding of the important concepts and an ability to make connections within mathematics.
• A broad range of skills in using and applying mathematics.
• Fluent knowledge and recall of number facts and the number system.
• The ability to show initiative in solving problems in a wide range of contexts, including the new or unusual.
• The ability to think independently and to persevere when faced with challenges, showing a confidence of success.
• The ability to embrace the value of learning from mistakes and false starts.
• The ability to reason, generalise and make sense of solutions.
• Fluency in performing written and mental calculations and mathematical techniques.
• A wide range of mathematical vocabulary.
• A commitment to and passion for the subject.
How Maths is taught in School
Wherever possible, a new Mathematical idea is taught through using practical apparatus first. Once a child understands a concept, we teach them how to use pictures to represent their thinking, before moving on to the abstract.
Children are given opportunities to use a range of equipment to learn a new skill.
Every class has at least one arithmetic lesson a week, where children are encouraged to develop their speed and recall of number facts.
We use the Mastery approach to Maths – rather than moving on to objectives in a new year group, we encourage children to deepen their understanding and apply their knowledge to real-life problems.
In KS2, we use Target Your Maths and children are trained to access Bronze, Silver and Gold level resources, depending on their confidence and ability. Every child is given the opporutnity to progress to Gold – we do not set children in ability groups.
We have invested in a number of websites which helps your child to practise key skills. Please send us a message on Seesaw or see your child’s teacher if you need a reminder of the log ons.
https://www.sumdog.com is useful to practise all skills and the children particularly enjoy the local and national competitions .
https://play.edshed.com/number will help your child to prepare for the national times tables test, which will be taken by all children in Year 4.
https://mathsapp.pixl.org.uk/ is also great for practising times tables. You can download it onto a phone or tablet or use it on a computer. Your child has a PIXL log on – please message your child’s class teacher if you need a copy of it. Thank you
https://diagnosticquestions.com is suitable for all ages in Years 1-6 and helps children to prepare for tests.
https://www.doodlemaths.com can be played on a computer or hand-held device. It is recommended that children play for 10 minutes a day to practise key skills.
White Rose Maths Hub
We use the White Rose Maths Hub as a starting point for our planning.
Here are the overviews for each year:
Year 1 & 2 Spring Term Maths
Year 1 and 2 Summer more detailed SOL
Year 1 and 2 Autumn more detailed SOL
Year 1 and 2 final overview
Year 3 and 4 final overview
Year 3 and 4 Autumn more detailed SOL
Year 3 & 4 Maths Spring Term
Year 3 and 4 Summer more detailed SOL
Year 5 & 6 Maths Spring Term
Year 5 and 6 Summer more detailed SOL
Year 5 and 6 Autumn more detailed SOL
Year 5 and 6 final overview
Here are the sequences for how Maths is taught:
1 Progression Map Place Value
2 Progression Map Addition and Subtraction
3 Progression Map Multiplication and Division
4 Progression Map Fractions
5 Progression Map Ratio and Proportion
6 Progression Map Algebra
7 Progression Map Measurement
8 Progression Map Geometry properties of shapes
9 Progression Map Geometry posistion direction and movement
10 Progression Map Statistics