The intent of our mathematics curriculum is to ensure everyone can learn and enjoy mathematics. We aim to achieve this by:
Maths takes place everyday and pupils are taught through whole-class interactive teaching, enabling all to master the concepts necessary for the next part of the curriculum sequence
Curriculum design ensures a coherent and detailed sequence of essential content to support sustained progression over time
Lesson design links to prior learning to ensure all can access the new learning and identifies carefully selected sequenced steps in progression to build secure understanding
In a typical lesson, the teacher leads back and forth interaction, including questioning, short tasks, explanation, demonstration and discussion, enabling pupils to think, reason and apply their knowledge to solve problems
Precise mathematical language enables all pupils to communicate their reasoning and thinking effectively
Assessment for learning is carried out regularly in classes and teachers provide children with daily reviews of previous learning as well as feedback from previous learning to address any misconceptions quickly.
Key number facts are learnt to automaticity and other key mathematical facts are learned deeply and practised regularly to avoid cognitive overload in working memory and enable pupils to focus on new learning
Examples, representations and models are selected to expose the structure of mathematical concepts and emphasise connections, enabling pupils to develop a deep knowledge of mathematics
Procedural fluency and conceptual understanding are developed in tandem because each supports the development of the other
Cross-curricular maths activities are encouraged across all subjects
In EYFS Children are gradually introduced to numbers, to promote higher understanding and to ensure children are fluent and confident.
In EYFS Children learn through a variety of activities.
Teachers are guided by the White Rose Primary Scheme of Learning. The reasons for using this scheme and resources are outlined below.
We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
The reasons we chose the White Rose Maths Primary Scheme of Learning can be summarised by the following points:
We have introduced KIRFs as a whole-school program for raising standards in Maths. KIRFs (Key Instant Recall Facts) are designed to support the development of the mental skills that underpin much of the maths work in schools. They are particularly useful when calculating, be it adding, subtracting, multiplying or dividing.
Each half term children will be given one or two Key Instant Recall Facts (KIRFs) to practise and learn at home as well as in school. It is important that they know these thoroughly and can recall specific facts instantly. Whilst children have a wide range of abilities in mathematics, the KIRFs are designed to be a set of facts that need to be learnt thoroughly as they build on each other year on year. Again, we stress that the children must aim to know their KIRF inside out, back to front and with instant recall.
We strongly encourage you to engage with your children in the learning of their KIRFs. We know that, by internalising these key facts which have been carefully structured to build upon each other term by term, year by year, children will leave St. Peter's Primary School with a much stronger foundation of mathematical understanding to build upon.
We follow the White Rose scheme of work for Maths. You can find the overview of the topics here. Please bear in mind that we aim to cater to each class' individual needs, so content covered in class may be slightly different from the overview here.
Times Tables Rock Stars:
When it comes to times tables, speed AND accuracy are important – the more facts your child remembers, the easier it is for them to do harder calculations. Times Table Rock Stars is a fun and challenging programme designed to help pupils master the times tables. To be a Times Table Rock Star you need to answer any multiplication fact up to 12×12 in less than 3 seconds! The goal is for all participating rockers to be Times Table Rock Stars after 20 weeks!
Please find below the Parent Handbook for Times Tables Rock Stars. This contains all the information you need to support your child to become a Times Tables Rock Star. You can also download the free App by visiting your Play Store.
To use scatter tables to support your child in learning their times tables, you call out a question from the times table you are focusing on and your child has to point to the answer on the page. For example, if you are concentrating on the 5 times table, then find the Scatter Table for the 5s and call out questions like, “9 times 5” (your child points to 45), “6 times 5” (your child points to 30) or “5 times 12” (your child points to 60). Your child should be trying to get the answers correct each time and not worrying about the speed. The full set of scatter tables is provided in the document below.
Just click on an image to go to the website
J2E Blast multiplication and arithmetic practise:
https://www.j2e.com/j2blast (To log in use your LGFL login)
Maths at home:
Lots of great videos to help your child with maths:
http://mathsathome.lgfl.org.uk/ (To log in use your LGFL login)
Great for practising your times tables at home - Mr Langridge's favourite game is Patty's Paints
Aligned to American school system, but still some great games