We aim to give children a wide range of mathematical experiences through practical, written and mental tasks. Children are encouraged to apply knowledge in different contexts and to employ/develop investigative and problem solving skills. We follow the 2014 National Curriculum. Years 2 and 6 are continuing to work towards their end of Key Stage assessments.
Each class has a dedicated daily maths lesson which is likely to consist of the following sections:
- Mental/oral starter
- Main teaching input to introduce or consolidate a new maths topic this leads to
- Whole class or group work related to main teaching input
- Plenary – summing up the lesson.
Parents are encouraged to support children’s learning at home. Below, there is a link to the school’s updated Calculation Policy. This has been updated so that it fits with the 2014 Curriculum:
Below are some of the ‘Bare Necessities’ maths games for you to play at home with your child. These are designed to support your child in developing their core maths skills. Each game has an explanation of how to play it, what skills are being used and copies of any resources that you might need to print off. Where a 0-9 dice is needed, we have included a 0-9 spinner which can be printed off, stuck onto card and used as an alternative.
‘Thinking Blocks’ are available as ‘apps’: one for addition/subtraction; one for multiplication/division; one for fractions and one for ration. There is also a link below to a website based version. The website version also has a ‘JR Thinking Blocks’ which is more appropriate for Key Stage 1 children. This app uses the ‘Rod method’ to support children in being able to visualise and understand mathematical problems. http://www.mathplayground.com/thinkingblocks.html
The ‘ICT Games’ has both Maths and English games, enabling children to practise key skills through playing a variety of different games. http://www.ictgames.com/resources.html
‘Quick Math’ is an app which allows children to practise mental maths in all 4 operations. There is also ‘Fractions’, ‘Clocks’ and ‘Quick Math+’ apps available by the same publisher. Each enabling children to practise maths in the relevant mathematical area. There is a link to a review of ‘Quick Math’ below. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/quick-math-multiplication/id537802071?mt=8
‘IXL’ is available as an app and online. It’s really useful in helping ensure that your child is practising questions based on specific, age related objectives. The app is free initially, but only allows you to access a certain amount of questions per day and encourages you to purchase an expensive upgrade, but the free bit’s great! http://uk.ixl.com/math/
The ‘Primary Games’ website has a large selection of games which enable children to practise using a variety of different maths skills. There is a primarygames.com, this is a gaming site so be sure to use primarygames.co.uk! http://www.primarygames.co.uk/
The ‘BBC’ website has a variety of maths games suitable for a range of ages, using a variety of different Maths skills. http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/websites/4_11/site/numeracy.shtml