Maths at St. Peter’s
Help at home (165.0 KiB)
Maths Policy 2016-17 (504.5 KiB)
Maths is an important part of everyday life, even though we many not think of it in this way. However, the reality is:
- money changes hands daily so we need to be able to work out how much we can spend so that we are able to stick to budgets.
- work out how much change we should receive.
- be able to tell the time and read timetables
- use measurements when buying new furniture or when preparing and cooking food.
Maths is all around us which is why we believe at St Peters that all children should have a secure knowledge of the key facts and skills appropriate for their age group. This ensures a solid foundation is laid, preparing them for the harder concepts they will encounter as they progress through their learning journey. We believe this will help them not only during their time at school, but throughout their adult life too as maths well continue to play an important part in their future.
The National Curriculum
The National Curriculum for Mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:
- become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
- reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
- can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and nonroutine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
Key Stage 1- Years 1 and 2
The principal focus of mathematics teaching in key stage 1 is to ensure that pupils develop confidence and mental fluency with whole numbers, counting and place value. This should involve working with numerals, words and the four operations, including with practical resources [for example, concrete objects and measuring tools]. At this stage, pupils should develop their ability to recognise, describe, draw, compare and sort different shapes and use the related vocabulary. Teaching should also involve using a range of measures to describe and compare different quantities such as length, mass, capacity/volume, time and money. By the end of year 2, pupils should know the number bonds to 20 and be precise in using and understanding place value. An emphasis on practice at this early stage will aid fluency. Pupils should read and spell mathematical vocabulary, at a level consistent with their increasing word reading and spelling knowledge at key stage 1.
Lower Key Stage 2- Years 3 and 4
The principal focus of mathematics teaching in lower key stage 2 is to ensure that pupils become increasingly fluent with whole numbers and the four operations, including number facts and the concept of place value. This should ensure that pupils develop efficient written and mental methods and perform calculations accurately with increasingly large whole numbers. At this stage, pupils should develop their ability to solve a range of problems, including with simple fractions and decimal place value. Teaching should also ensure that pupils draw with increasing accuracy and develop mathematical reasoning so they can analyse shapes and their properties, and confidently describe the relationships between them. It should ensure that they can use measuring instruments with accuracy and make connections between measure and number. By the end of year 4, pupils should have memorised their multiplication tables up to and including the 12 multiplication table and show precision and fluency in their work. Pupils should read and spell mathematical vocabulary correctly and confidently, using their growing word reading knowledge and their knowledge of spelling.
Upper Key Stage 2- Year 5 and 6
The principal focus of mathematics teaching in upper key stage 2 is to ensure that pupils extend their understanding of the number system and place value to include larger integers. This should develop the connections that pupils make between multiplication and division with fractions, decimals, percentages and ratio. At this stage, pupils should develop their ability to solve a wider range of problems, including increasingly complex properties of numbers and arithmetic, and problems demanding efficient written and mental methods of calculation. With this foundation in arithmetic, pupils are introduced to the language of algebra as a means for solving a variety of problems. Teaching in geometry and measures should consolidate and extend knowledge developed in number. Teaching should also ensure that pupils classify shapes with increasingly complex geometric properties and that they learn the vocabulary they need to describe them. By the end of year 6, pupils should be fluent in written methods for all four operations, including long multiplication and division, and in working with fractions, decimals and percentages. Pupils should read, spell and pronounce mathematical vocabulary correctly.
Supporting your Child with Maths at Home
Current teaching methods can appear very different to those used in the past. These unknown methods can be extremely daunting for parents who may have learnt certain areas of maths in a different way when they were at school. This can lead to some reluctance in helping children at home for fear of teaching them in the wrong way. However, it is important to take an interest in your child’s learning and encourage them to develop a positive attitude towards maths, which we continually promote here in school. If you feel, you need a bit of support with a certain area of your child’s learning or would like to know more about some of these new methods, please speak to you child’s class teacher or make an appointment to come and see one of the maths coordinators- Mr Stenning or Miss Lee.
Help at home (165.0 KiB)
Below is an attachment which lists some useful links for children where they can play games that will help their maths skills
Links to useful Maths websites for children (96.7 KiB)