Kehelland Primary School aims to develop students who are confident and competent mathematicians, capable of using mathematical skills to solve problems in their daily lives and in future academic and career pursuits.
We are achieving this by having…
- A focus on problem-solving: Mathematics should be taught in a way that emphasises its practical applications, with a focus on real-world problem-solving. Children should learn how to apply mathematical concepts and skills to solve problems in a range of contexts, from calculating the cost of a shopping trip to analysing data to inform decision-making.
- An emphasis on understanding: children should be encouraged to develop a deep understanding of mathematical concepts, rather than just memorising formulas or procedures. This involves exploring the underlying principles behind mathematical operations, engaging in hands-on activities and investigations, and making connections between different mathematical concepts.
- A commitment to inclusivity: All children should be supported to succeed in mathematics, regardless of their background or abilities. Teachers use a variety of teaching strategies and resources to ensure that all students can engage with the subject and make progress.
- A focus on collaboration: Mathematics is a subject that lends itself well to collaborative learning, with pupils working together to solve problems and share ideas. Teachers create opportunities for children to work in pairs or groups, fostering communication and collaboration skills alongside mathematical learning.
- A commitment to ongoing assessment and feedback: Teachers regularly assess student progress and provide feedback that supports ongoing learning and growth. This could involve a mix of formative and summative assessments, as well as ongoing observations of student learning and engagement.
By embracing these elements, our mathematics curriculum provides children with the tools they need to become confident and capable mathematicians, setting them up for success in their future academic and professional pursuits.
We implement the following procedures in order to achieve desired outcomes.
At Kehelland we have a good understand of how ‘mastery’ should be taught and how it looks in books and ultimately in the children themselves. We are working on improving our skills further by both teachers and teaching assistants undergoing regular training and updating our knowledge and skills. We encourage rapid recall of known facts in all 4 calculations with the building blocks of this starting in the foundation stage with verbal and practical demonstration of skills and understanding.
From year 1 onwards we use weekly times tables tests and arithmetic tests in the form of ‘Popcorn’ maths that include missing numbers and equals on the opposite sides to encourage depth of understanding.
From year 2 onwards we use the online programme of ‘Times Tables Rockstars’ to improve fluency and speed of recalling multiplication and division facts, helping to prepare the year 4’s for the curriculum Check starting in 2020. There are also weekly timed tests that work alongside. In this, the children earn rewards in the form of coins to upgrade their avatar as they move on and improve. They can also play along to music if they wish. They can be set challenges where they play against each other or other schools in a ‘stadium’ mode as well as independent practice that is automatically regulated and adjusted. Children are moved on when they are ready and have reached a required speed. We encourage the use of this at school, home, before and after school where possible.
The children at Kehelland school are extremely positive about Maths.
EYFS Maths Curriculum Summer Term.docx
EYFS Maths Curriculum Spring Term.docx
EYFS Maths Curriculum Autumn Term.docx
- Organises learning into sequences of learning made up of 'small steps'.
- Enables children to embed learning by revisiting maths topics on a weekly basis throughout the year.
- Specific fluency focus each week to ensure declarative knowledge is revisited and recalled.
- Declarative knowledge is dripped throughout units.
Consistency: Our calculation policy helps ensure that teachers are teaching mathematical concepts and techniques consistently. This consistency is important because it allows students to build a solid foundation in mathematics without encountering conflicting methods or approaches.
Progression of Skills: Our calculation policy outlines the progression of mathematical skills in the four operations and concepts that students should learn as they move through primary school. It provides a clear roadmap for what students should know, helping to ensure that students are appropriately challenged as they advance.
Student Confidence: Knowing that there is a consistent and structured approach to mathematics instruction can boost students' confidence in their maths abilities. When students understand the methods and techniques being taught, they are more likely to feel capable and motivated to tackle mathematical problems.
Long-Term Success: A strong foundation in mathematics is essential for success in more advanced maths topics children will encounter as they move through the school and then move on to Secondary school.
Perfect for helping your child get their heads round the basics in an engaging way, Hit the Button is an interactive maths game with quickfire questions on:
- Number bonds
- Times tables
- Doubling and halving
- Division facts
- Square numbers
The games work against the clock so are great for developing your child’s mental maths skills at primary school. Hit the Button - Quick fire maths practise for 6-11 year olds (topmarks.co.uk)