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Mathematics

Our Intent: 

At Reed First School we believe that having a strong mathematical knowledge and understanding is a crucial skill for life. It is important for all pupils to have direct experience of using and applying mathematics in a wider range of contexts across the curriculum. At Reed, we aim to deliver a curriculum that enables all pupils to acquire the basic skills as well as developing opportunities for them to use and apply their mathematical skills through a wider creative curriculum, which links learning to real life situations. Pupils will be given the opportunity to communicate mathematical concepts and ideas, using skills of speaking, listening and recording, therefore developing their language skills also, within the context of mathematics.

Our mathematics curriculum is taught in accordance with the 2014 Primary National Curriculum for England. To ensure all pupils develop and build upon skills, mathematics is taught through discrete timetabled sessions over a period of a week, with other opportunities provided throughout the curriculum to develop cross curricular mathematical application.

An additional 15 minutes a week of Flashback 4 is spent focusing on revisiting learning, which could include: learning from a previous lesson, something from last week, last month or even last term. We focus not only on the mathematical methods but also focus on mathematical vocabulary and this is displayed through our working wall displays. All of our classrooms have working walls as teaching aids that the children can utilise to support their learning and provide extra challenge.

Each classroom also has a Maths Stop which is an area for the children to visit at any time to select practical resources to support their calculating, understanding and explanations.  Reasoning is a key area in our lessons as our children need to be able to describe, explain, convince, justify and prove to be successful in this subject.  Every classroom has key words and phrases displayed which are modelled and embedded within our mathematical conversations.

In KS1 and KS2 we follow the ESSENTIAL maths Herts for Learning resource, to ensure appropriate coverage of the programmes of study across the year for each year group within our mixed age classes.

Within each maths lesson the teacher offers the necessary support and challenge for each individual to make progress.

Please see below each year group’s course description:

Multiplication tables check (MTC)

Every pupil will be expected to know their times tables up to 12×12 by the time they reach the end of Reed First School.

 A multiplication tables check (MTC) is statutory for all year 4 pupils registered at state-funded maintained schools, special schools or academies (including free schools) in England.

The MTC is an online assessment. The purpose of the Multiplication Tables Check is to determine whether pupils can fluently recall their multiplication tables up to 12, through a set of 25 timed questions, which is essential for future success in mathematics. It will help schools to identify pupils who have not yet mastered this mathematical skill, so that additional support can be provided

As a school, we ensure early identification of those pupils at risk of falling behind. It is vital that all our pupils perform their very best and they are fully prepared for the transition to middle/secondary school.

In order to successfully embed all of the multiplication and derived division facts, it is important that parents work with us in order to achieve this goal.

By following the expectations for each year group, skills and knowledge can be built upon year on year to reach the expected standards by the end of Year 4.  These are outlined below:

  • By the end of Year 1 – Pupils need to solve one step problems involving multiplication and division by calculating the answer using concrete objects, pictorial representations and arrays with the support of the teacher.
  • By the end of Year 2 – Pupils must recall and use multiplication and division facts for x2, x5 and x10.
  • By the end of Year 3 – Pupils must recall and use multiplication and division facts for x2, x3, x4, x5, x8 and x10.
  • By the end of Year 4 – Pupils must recall and use multiplication and division facts for ALL tables up to 12 x 12.

Here are some useful links for you and your child to practice multiplication facts: 

https://ttrockstars.com/home

www.mathletics.com

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

https://www.mathschase.com/

https://www.cgpbooks.co.uk/info/times-table-tester

www.mathsframe.co.uk

The Early Years Foundation Stage

(EYFS) Framework (2014) requires children to be taught Mathematics within the Mathematics area of learning. There are opportunities for mathematical learning within all EYFS areas of learning, indoors and outdoors, child initiated and adult led. Long Term Plans In EYFS, are developed from the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (2014) and Development Matters.

Children in EYFS are exposed to a wide range of mathematical experiences. In the Early Years, Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measure.

See below for details of the Mathematical Early Learning Goals.

ELG 11 Numbers: Children count reliably with numbers from one to 20, place them in order and say which number is one more or one less than a given number. Using quantities and objects, they add and subtract two single-digit numbers and count on or back to find the answer. They solve problems, including doubling, halving and sharing.

ELG 12: Shape, space and measures: Children use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems. They recognise, create and describe patterns. They explore characteristics of everyday objects and shapes and use mathematical language to describe them.

Home Learning  Children in Year 1 to Year 4 (Reception if appropriate) complete their home learning activities using the online home learning resources, which aim to build pupil engagement and consolidate maths knowledge. It is expected that parents encourage and help their child/children learn their number bonds and times tables at home and that they complete their assigned Mathletics tasks and TT Rock Stars weekly.

Useful Maths Websites.

https://www.mathschase.com/ free site providing games for Reception to Year 4 –  to quickly test your times tables and other number facts such as addition, subtraction, sequencing and place value.

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button     Hit the button game is an interactive maths game with quick fire questions on Number Bonds, TimesTables/multiplication facts, doubling and halving, division facts and square numbers. Play against the clock challenge to develop your mental maths skills. Regular use will sharpen your recall of vital number facts in a fun way.

https://ttrockstars.com/home

www.mathletics.com