Maths

We follow the ‘Power Maths’ scheme which is a whole-class mastery programme designed to spark curiosity and excitement to help nurture confidence in maths. The scheme helps to build progression across the school, and consistency of images, models and language. It is an enriched approach that combines interactive teaching tools and high-quality textbooks. It is written by leading mastery experts, and is recommended by the DFE.

The expectation is that the majority of children will move through the scheme at around the same pace. Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly are challenged through deepening activities. Those who are not sufficiently fluent with the the materials taught are supported during to consolidate their understanding through strenghthening activities and additional practice. Lessons are adapted for SEND/children working out of year group. They complete work set in their yellow maths books guided by concepts in ‘Power Maths’ and ‘Ready to progress guidance’ to allow for more procedural practice.

Alongside ‘Power maths’, we do regular ‘Assertive Mentoring’ skills checks. These help to identify what a child can do, and what they need to do to make progress. This helps to develop procedural fluency and enable concepts and knowledge to be stored in the long-term memory (know more, remember more).

We provide opportunities for children to develop their recall of number / multiplication / division facts through subscriptions to TTRockstars and Numbots.

Structure & Progression

The Power Maths framework has six main areas of study:

• Numbers (including place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, decimals and percentages)

• Ratio and Proportion

• Algebra

• Measurement

• Geometry

• Statistics

To access Maths resources please click the link below:

Google Drive

Subject Leader/s

M Sharma

Impact

You may be aware that there is a new test for year 4 children called the “Multiplication Tables Check”. Here’s what you need to know:

We’re not worried. Under the national curriculum primary school children are expected to know their 12 times tables by the end of Year 4. So we’ve been preparing students to know their times tables by the end of Year 4 for quite some time now and are not concerned about the check at all.

The check itself:

  • will take place in the summer term in June.
  • is done online using a computer or tablet.
  • can be done one student at a time, in groups or as a class.
  • will take no longer than 5 minutes.
  • will feature 25 questions and children will have 6 seconds to answer each question.
  • There’s no problem solving or division just simple “3 x 4 = ?” type questions

 

The results are for the teachers. There is no pass or fail mark. The results of the test are not published publicly, they’re not going to end up on a league table and they’re not to be concerned about. The results are for us teachers to use so we can provide an even better education! 

No Stress! I am sure that along with you, we do not want our students worried or stressed about the check. The Government has called it a “check” rather than a “test” or “exam” for a reason. We will endeavour not to draw students’ attention to the check so will be not be referencing in class unduly. Please be supportive of this approach and refrain from talking about the checks at home.

Practise at Home: Because maths is such a big subject, and we will of course continue to teach the full curriculum, we will need your continued support to help practise the times tables with your children. Some easy ways to do this include:

  • Asking questions such as “What’s 7 x 8?”
  • Reciting times tables by rote (4 times 1 is 4, 4 times 2 is 8, etc)
  • Using apps and games such as TTRockstars and Numbots
  • Singing times tables songs (there are loads online)

Why do we learn the times tables? In primary school, times tables knowledge is vital for quick mental maths calculations and problem solving, as well as for many of the topics children learn in years 5 and 6 (division, fractions, percentages).

Maths Web links

How to log in to TTRockstars and Numbots

Times Tables Rock Stars (ttrockstars.com)

Numbots Game

 

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