‘high-quality mathematics provides a foundation for understanding the world’
(Primary National Curriculum, 2014)
St Elisabeth's has developed a passion and a dedication to enable our pupils to be confident mathematicians. We want our young mathematicians to be able to solve problems, reason about mathematical concepts and apply their mathematical skills fluently in a variety of contexts. In order to do this we teach 7 Big Ideas, which provide the foundation for mathematical knowledge and future application in real life contexts.
These big ideas are:
- Knowing and using number
- Adding and Subtracting
- Multiplying and Dividing
- Using fractions
- Using measures
- Using geometry
- Using statistics
Teaching of these Big Ideas is constantly re-visited and with each visit the children’s knowledge is deepened and allows the children to take one step closer to achieving maths mastery.
Our current Calculation Guidance document (which we are currently updating) is attached below and is available for download. This contains details and examples of the progression in written calculation methods for each of the four operations.
Useful Websites and Apps
The following are a selection of useful websites and apps that provide opportunities for children to practise and apply mathematical learning. Please encourage your children to use these at home as they will help reinforce their learning from school in a fun and enjoyable way!
Websites . . .
Sums.co.uk - brilliant for practising calculation methods and includes step by step guidance for successful completion!
BBC Schools - A range of fun and interaction activities from Early Years to Key Stage 2 (this includes a link to the 'Bitesize' website)
ICT Games - A selection of fun games more suited to Early Years and Key Stage 1
Apps . . .
Targetting Maths - Apps providing activities covering the full range of both year groups and Big Ideas
Maths Splat! - Fun Maths app for fluent and accurate recall of number facts in all four operations
King of Maths - Fun app for developing fluency across the Big Ideas which challenges players to move from peasants to Kings!
Files to download....
Please download our Sense of Number Calculation Policy to help you at home with your child's learning.
Intent: Our curriculum is designed so that the children become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, through varied and frequent practice, using concrete and pictorial representation when necessary, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately. They will reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and using mathematical language. They will solve problems by applying their mathematics in a variety of contexts, including breaking problems into simpler steps, working collaboratively and persevering in seeking solutions. We want children to have a “growth mindset” attitude: to be able to learn from mistakes and not be fearful to have a go at challenging activities.
Implementation: In EYFS teacher input is delivered with the whole class and the pupils complete independent work in small supported groups. In Year 1-Year 6 teacher input is delivered as whole class and follow up activities take place independently with support where necessary. In all years we use the White Rose scheme as the structure for our delivery. All new concepts will be introduced through concrete resources. Understanding is then developed by using pictorial representations of numbers and calculations etc. Finally, children will begin to use abstract written methods to record their understanding, so that by the time they leave KS2 they are prepared for the next stage of their mathematical learning. The programmes of study are organised into distinct areas, but where possible, pupils should make connections across mathematical ideas to develop competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. It is expected that the children can competently solve problems flexibly and independently, not just arithmetic calculations. Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly will be challenged through being offered problems in different contexts, before any acceleration through new content. Those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material will consolidate their understanding, including through additional practice, before moving on.
Impact: The impact of our maths teaching will be to develop children who can not only calculate efficiently, but who have a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about patterns and mathematical problem solving. Formative assessment takes place on a daily basis and teachers adjust planning accordingly to meet the needs of their class. Summative assessment takes place at the end of each term and children’s progress and attainment is discussed with senior leaders in pupil progress meetings. Attainment and outcomes in mathematics have a prominent focus throughout our school. The teaching of mathematics is monitored frequently by leaders through lesson observations, book scrutinies and pupil interviews.