A ‘Mastery’ Curriculum
The 2014 national curriculum for mathematics has been designed to raise standards in maths, with the aim that the large majority of pupils will achieve mastery of the subject. Mathematics programmes of study state that:
- All pupils should become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and are able to recall and apply their knowledge rapidly and accurately to problems.
- The expectation is that the majority of pupils will move through the programmes of study at broadly the same pace. When to progress should always be based on the security of pupils’ understanding and their readiness to progress to the next stage.
- Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly should be challenged through rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content. Those pupils who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material should consolidate their understanding, including through additional practice, before moving on.
An overview of the End of Year Expectations for maths can be found below:
Calculation Policy – click below to see the progression in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division required and taught at each year group:
All pupils from Year 2 to Year 6 have been working on the Times Tables Challenge. Children are encouraged to learn their multiplication tables and division facts and are tested weekly. They can earn Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond awards and certificates are presented weekly during celebration assembly.
Times Tables Rock Stars
We have just launched a new exciting way to practise the times tables at home and in School. All children in classes 3, 4, 5 and 6 have been given login details, picked their rock names and created their avatar. Pupils have been set in their year groups into different bands depending on which times tables they are working on.
All pupils have taken home a letter with their login details. These can also be found inside their homework books, alongside details about which times tables to work on that week.
This has been hugely popular and the Times Tables Rock Stars after-school Club is full this term.
List of Maths Websites for Parents and Carers
National Numeracy Parent Toolkit has a wealth of tips and advice for parents. http://www.nnparenttoolkit.org.uk/
Oxford Owl includes a range of activities, top tips and eBooks to help your child with their maths at home. http://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/maths-owl/maths
Maths 4 Mums and Dads explains some of the milestones children make between the ages of 3-and-11-years-old. http://www.maths4mumsanddads.co.uk/index.php
List of Maths Websites for Children
Times Tables Rock Stars
All children in Years 2 to 6 have been issued logins for the Times Tables Rock Stars website and shown how to use it by Mrs Crowe.
All children have been given logins to this website.
BBC Bitesize Maths