Why is maths important?
Mathematics is a creative and highly interconnected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject. (NC 2014)
In order to ensure that the children are keeping their mathematical skills and understanding at the forefront, at least three times a week, they will complete between 6 and 10 questions that revise the four operations (+-x÷) as well as other areas of maths curriculum that have been taught to date. The questions are marked with the children to provide immediate feedback and address misconceptions as well as plan for the needs of the children in subsequent lessons. Children in Reception participate in regular counting / chanting / singing / games etc. and build towards completing written calculations for all children by the summer term of Year 1
Times table time table
Every year group in school follows a counting and times table timetable which involves 5-10 minutes of daily chanting, circle games and quick fire questions to develop their understanding of multiplication and division facts, multiples and sequences of numbers.
Once a week, each year group from 2-6 complete age-appropriate multiplication grids in order for the children to challenge themselves to improve upon their score until they are able to complete their year group grid in under 8 minutes. Children who complete the grid will be awarded a Maths Champion certificate in assembly. Once they have achieved this, they will continue to challenge themselves by aiming to reduce the time taken for them to complete it each week. Children should use their times table booklets at home to help them to become fluent and answer questions at speed.
We complete the times table timetable and multiplication grids because ‘Knowing their tables help children develop learning because cognitive space is then freed up to learn new mathematical ideas and apply mathematics to solve problems’ – Charlie Stripp, director of the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM)
The main part of the lesson
Planning for maths follows the 2014 Primary National Curriculum for Maths. A pre-learning task will be given prior to a unit of work is taught to determine where the starting points are for each child. The lessons that follow will support the stage of learning children are at. Children will complete activities to develop fluency, deepen their understanding through a range of different activities before moving onto problem solving and reasoning. Fluid grouping of children according to the pre-learning task and ongoing lesson-by-lesson assessment ensure that the needs of individual children are met.
Throughout each unit clear vocabulary is taught explicitly, exemplified and displayed on the working wall with examples to support the children in their learning. Essential teaching strategies using the model of concrete-pictorial-abstract methodology (using equipment, jottings and moving onto written methods) are used and also recorded on the working walls to support children throughout each lesson.
Times table letter
Telling the Time
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