Our Mathematics teaching implements the National Curriculum, using a mastery approach to whole class teaching. Through our daily teaching of Mathematics we aim to ensure that our children acquire a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject by developing the children’s conceptual understanding, fluency, reasoning and problem solving skills. We want our pupils to leave Thomas Eaton Primary Academy competent, independent and enthusiastic mathematicians.
Throughout the year there is an emphasis on all children mastering each area of the curriculum as it is taught. Mastery is achieved through initially building children’s understanding up through using a range of models and images to represent the concepts and bring the ideas to life. As units of work progress, the children are challenged in order to apply what they now know through problem solving and reasoning in real life contexts.
A real focus is on building number fluency so that children can mentally re-call facts, such as number bonds, multiplication tables and doubles and halves, efficiently. Every lesson incorporates on opportunity for the children to participate in Fast Maths to improve their number formation and number bonds (Foundation and KS1) and accuracy and speed with which multiplication facts are re-called (KS2).
Please do speak to your child’s class teacher if you want further information about the maths your child is learning.
Fast Learning is an approach used to help children to develop fluency in foundation skills such as the recall of multiplication facts. Dedicating time to Foundational Learning within the Fast Learning sessions is intended to give learners the skills they need and release more curriculum time for Conceptual and Collaborative Learning opportunities that lead to deeper understanding and real life application.
Fast Maths sessions in Pre-school and Key Stage One, focus on number formation and number bonds. In both of these daily sessions, the children have an accurate model of numbers and numbers bonds to refer to as they accurately complete their own sheet.
Fast Maths sessions in Key Stage Two, focus on children developing accuracy in their recall of times table facts before speed. The ultimate aim is to be able to recall facts both accurately and at speed. It is considered that if children can complete 144 questions on the grid under 4 minutes, then they have competent levels of fluency to be able to free up working memory when applying this to other areas of learning in their Maths. This is a vital skill to have and supports children’s learning across many other areas of Maths which is why we complete these sessions daily.
Structure of a session (15-20 mins):
- Children have up to 10 minutes to complete 144 cells on a multiplication grid.
- Children complete a blank grid using their knowledge of facts and record the time they complete it in.
- During this time, children have a completed multiplication grid to refer to if they need to, in order to support with learning the facts accurately.
- The aim is that children achieve personal bests by completing either more cells in the 10 minutes, or completing them all in a quicker time.
- Personal bests are celebrated with the children publically, after marking it together as a class, and they are highly motivated to beat their own best scores. Each child has a folder where their grids and personal bests are recorded.
- For those children who finish before the 10 minutes is up, an additional class challenge will be available in the classroom for them to have a go at.
The Maths-Whizz virtual tutor provides a learning experience that will cater to each child’s individual mathematical needs. The tutoring system will guide the children through a fun, interactive online world of learning, constantly adapting the journey to meet your child’s unique needs and pace of learning. This online maths tutor program accelerates learning, builds confidence and helps children to reach their potential in maths through educational online maths games. Each child is provided with their own login details allowing them access to the Maths-Whizz tutoring area.
For further information about the usage of Maths-Whizz, please click here.
Times Table Rock Stars
Times Table Rock Stars is a fun and challenging programme designed to help practise the instant recall of their multiplication and division facts. When it comes to times tables, speed AND accuracy are important – the more facts a child remembers, the easier it is for them to complete harder calculations. To be a Times Table Rock Star they need to answer any multiplication fact up to 12×12 in less than 3 seconds! Each child is provided with their own login details allowing them access to Times Tables Rock Stars.
Research shows that daily practise is the best strategy for children to learn these important facts. Short bursts of daily practise are much more effective than spending hours once a week.
Parental support is critical in this area. For children to be fully motivated and for them to get the best out of the practice, they need an adult's help. Without a Parent's praise and reminders, without sitting down together or checking their work, practising times tables will not feel important.
Please find below the Parent Handbook for Times Tables Rock Stars. This contains all the information you need to support your child to become a Times Tables Rock Star. You can also download the free App by visiting your Play Store.
Click here for the link to the parent handbook.
How you can support your child at home
Parents/carers often ask how they can support their child with Maths and there are lots of things that parents/carers can do to help develop their children's maths skills. Many activities are free and found in everyday situations, so there is no need to buy any books or spend money on expensive resources.
It's important to remember that maths is all around us. We come across problems that need to be solved using time and money in our lives all the time. We're managing risk and solving problems all day long, as well as estimating and measuring. By involving your child in day to day discussions which involve maths will go a long way in supporting your child. The most important thing is to make learning Maths fun!
Click here for the link to Supporting your child at home KS1
Click here for the link to Supporting your child at home KS2
Click here for the link to the National Curriculum
Here is a list of further websites to help children become more confident in their Maths:
BBC Bitesize - KS1 - Fun activities to help KS1 children learn more about maths
BBC Bitesize - KS2 - An easy-to-use online revision service for the Key Stage 2 National Curriculum Tests
ICT games - Online numeracy games suitable for KS1
Nrich Maths - Games, puzzles and investigations
Count On - Games and activities
Maths Zone - Click on KS1/2 to get a list of games
InterActivate - Games and interactive activities for more able mathematicians