Mathematics at Telferscot
At Telferscot, we aim to give the children a broad and balanced curriculum in Mathematics. The National Curriculum objectives are split and taught into four sections: number sense; additive reasoning; multiplicative reasoning and geometry. Measurement is embedded and taught within a number of different sequences. We believe children should spend the majority of their time working rather than listening within maths lessons. This provides children with an opportunity to practise and perfect calculation methods, along with other written and mental strategies. Children at Telferscot play an active role in their learning; working independently and with others, reasoning and reflecting. Our children enjoy applying their understanding to open ended challenges to show their mastery of concepts and methods.
The Mathematics Curriculum
EYFS (Nursery and Reception) - Maths is one of the four specific areas within the Early Years Foundation Stage. Each specific area is divided into Early Learning Goals, for maths these are:
- Numbers - children learn to count and the value of numbers, higher and lower. These skills support them to solve problems, use money and calculate more or less.
- Shape, Space and Measure - these skills support children to understand size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money and compare quantities, objects and solve problems.
Our classroom environments (both indoors and out) are full of mathematical opportunities and have exciting things for children to explore, sort, compare, count, calculate and describe.
KS1 (Year 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 involves working with numerals, words and the 4 operations, including with practical resources (for example, concrete objects and measuring tools). At this stage, children develop their ability to recognise, describe, draw, compare and sort different shapes and use the related vocabulary. They also develop confidence 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, children should know the number bonds to 20 and be precise in using and understanding place value. They should also be able to recall their 2, 3, 5 and 10 times tables.
Lower KS2 (Year 3 and 4) –The aim is for children to 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 those with simple fractions and decimal place value. Children should increase their accuracy and develop mathematical reasoning, making connections between measure and number. By the end of this stage, Children should be able to memorise their multiplication tables up to (and including) the 12 multiplication table.
Higher KS2 (Year 5 and 6) – Children should extend their understanding of the number system and place value to include larger integers. They should develop the connections between multiplication and division with fractions, decimals, percentages and ratio. Children should enhance their ability to solve a wider range of problems, including complex properties of numbers, arithmetic and problems. Language of algebra should be introduced as a means for solving a variety of problems. Children should continue to classify shapes with complex geometric properties, using vocabulary needed to describe them. Pupils should read, spell and pronounce mathematical vocabulary correctly.
How to support you child
Mathematics is an essential part of the Primary curriculum in KS2. There are a number of ways in which you can support your child’s learning. These include:
Times tables- Regular practice learning the times tables – suitable to the year group of your child. This will support wider areas within maths (e.g. calculation methods and geometry)
Mathletics- Regular practise using this fantastic resource (paid for by the school). On mathletics, children can improve their mental maths by challenging their friends and other children around the world on live mathletics. Also, children can complete specific tasks (linked to national curriculum objectives) set for homework or in addition to consolidate learning outside the class. www.mathletics.com
Espresso- This is an extensive education resource paid for by the school. There are a number of mathematical resources on this websites ready for the children to use. These include: video tutorials; quizzes; worksheets and interactive games. As previous, this follows the national curriculum objectives. Children need their USO usernames and passwords- speak to your class teacher for more information! www.espresso.co.uk
Mathsisfun- This website is a one-stop shop for maths vocabulary and calculation methods. There are fantastic tutorials and step-by-step guides to support. www.mathsisfun.com
BBC Bitesize Maths- This is another interactive and engaging website support for maths. Using this BBC website, children can revise and consolidate knowledge of skills and understanding in maths
If you have any questions regarding Maths, please speak to your class teacher, the Maths co-ordinator, Mr Cooper.