Maths

At Parklands we aim to make the children confident and accurate mathematicians  who develop a life-long love of the subject.

We use a variety of teaching and learning styles in our Maths lessons, from EYFS to Year 6, in order to meet the needs of all our pupils. Our principal aim is to develop children’s knowledge, skills, and understanding. One of the ways in which we do this is through a daily lesson, lasting approximately 60 minutes, in which children learn to  make sense of the world around them through developing their ability to calculate, to reason and to solve problems.

In all classes there are children of differing mathematical ability. We recognise this fact and provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child. Throughout lessons a range of strategies are used to ensure appropriate levelled learning. Children are asked to undertake independent work but other strategies are also utilized. In some lessons group work is undertaken, and in other lessons, children are organised to work in pairs on open-ended problems or games. We use classroom assistants to support some children and to ensure that work is matched to the needs of individuals.

Maths is a core subject in the National Curriculum and there are 4 strands:

– Number

– Measurement

– Geometry

– Statistics

Approximately 60% of the curriculum is concerned with elements of number, with the other strands taught equally. Wherever possible, links between the strands and links with other curriculum subjects are developed.

The school has clear written and mental calculation policies to ensure that all staff and  parents can teach and support their children in a clear and consistent way. We encourage children to use a wide range of resources such as number lines, number squares, digit cards and small apparatus to support their work. Children and teachers use ICT in mathematics lessons where it will enhance their learning, and to assist with modelling ideas and methods. Wherever possible, we encourage the children to use and apply their learning in everyday situations.

Maths buddies is a scheme that was set up last year to improve the children’s accuracy and fluency at mental mathematics. Some KS2 pupils are paired with a KS1 child and they have half an hour a week to play  games, practice skills and extend their technical vocabulary so that they develop a stronger and more accurate command of mental maths skills linked to number, such as, knowing times tables facts.

To encourage greater mental mathematics skills, we encourage parents to support their children at home through learning multiplication and division facts linked to the times tables up to 12 x 12.  More detail about multiplication tables can be found on the dedicated page.

All children are given mental maths targets, recorded on a certificate, a copy of which is given to them to take home to practice. These can be downloaded from the Maths Facts page.

You may also find the link below useful:

Useful websites:

National Curriculum for Maths:

Maths National Curriculum

Parklands Progression in Calculations:

Child’s Progression in Calculation at Parklands School 2017

Advice on how to help your child at home:

Family Maths Toolkit

Maths Games and Puzzles

MyMaths

NRICH Maths

http://resources.woodlands.kent.sch.uk/maths/index.html

 

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