St Michael's Maths Hub
Here at Rossington St Michael's Primary School we recognise that mathematics is an essential tool for everyday life. We provide a high-quality, enjoyable curriculum which ensures the needs of every learner is met. Mathematics teaches us how to make sense of the world around us through developing a child’s ability to calculate, to reason and to solve problems. It enables children to understand and appreciate relationships and pattern in both number and space in their everyday lives.
Through our mathematics lessons at St Michael's it is our aim to develop:
- Enjoyment and enthusiasm for mathematics and an awareness of the fascination of mathematics.
- Confidence and fluency in mathematical knowledge, concepts and skills.
- An ability to use and apply mathematics across the curriculum and in real life.
- An ability to solve problems, by applying their skills to a variety of routine and non-routine problems. To reason, to think logically and to work systematically and accurately.
- An ability to reason mathematically and explain relationships using mathematical language.
- An understanding of mathematics through a process of enquiry and experiment.
- Initiative and an ability to work both independently and in cooperation with others.
The school follows the National Curriculum (2014) objectives for maths. At St Michael's we use the Abacus scheme for Years 1 to 6 to plan high quality, differentiated and interactive lessons, which ensure continuous progression and challenge for all learners. Children are introduced to a range of models and images to support them with understanding the concepts of different operations. Mental and written strategies, for each year group are taught in accordance with the school’s Calculation Policy.
To see the content of the mathematics curriculum we follow in each Year Group, please visit; www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-mathematics-programmes-of-study
Our Mathematics policy and Calculation policy reflect the current National Curriculum. The progression document shows how children progress their skills across each year group. See documents below.
Teaching And Learning Style
The school uses a variety of teaching and learning styles in mathematics lessons. Our principal aim is to develop children’s knowledge, skills and understanding in mathematics. We do this through a daily mathematics lesson where children are given opportunities for:
- Practical activities and mathematical games.
- Problem solving.
- Open and closed tasks.
- Individual, group and whole class discussions and activities.
- A range of methods of calculating e.g. mental, pencil and paper and using a calculator.
- Working with computers as a mathematical tool.
- Using a wide range of support resources e.g. number squares, digit cards and number lines.
- Using and applying their learning in everyday situation.
Thank you to all the parents who came to our first Maths Meeting this afternoon. We shared St Michael’s journey to maths mastery and our belief that EVERYONE can do maths. We discussed the importance of fluency and the children being flexible in their thinking so that they notice things and use what they know.
We shared how we use concrete apparatus such as counters to support the children’s understanding and had a go at addition and subtraction calculations.
If you have any questions about what we did or would like to ask for support in other areas of maths, please see Mr McCurdy.
As you know times tables are important known facts for children to know and help them with their learning across many different areas of maths. In line with the new curriculum, it is expected that children will be able to rapidly recall multiplication and corresponding division facts for particular tables by the end of that year.
By the end of Year 1, most children are expected to be able to know number bonds to ten and count forwards and backwards in multiples of two, five and ten.
- By the end of Year 2, most children are expected to be a
In addition to this, to ensure children gain a deeper understanding in Maths we use a range of problem solving and reasoning activities. These include resources available from Abacus, the assessments that children complete and resources from the White Rose Maths Hub, Oxford Owl and our new resource STOPS. We believe that applying mathematical knowledge is vital and STOPs helps develop problem solving strategies. This is delivered weekly in school.
National Curriculum Assessments
At the end of Year 2 and Year 6 children sit national tests. From July 2016 children will sit a new style of test. Children will no longer score a level but will be given a point score that will decide if they have met the national standard.
Paper 1 – Arithmetic (20 minutes)
Paper 2 – Reasoning (35 minutes)
Paper 1 – Arithmetic (30 minutes)
Paper 2 – Reasoning (40 minutes)
Paper 3 – Reasoning (40 minutes)