Our aim at Sedgley Park Primary School is to ensure that pupils become confident and inquisitive mathematicians by the time they leave Year 6. We place a large emphasis upon number skills to ensure that pupils are able to add, subtract, multiply and divide using mental and written methods. Pupils are also encouraged to learn their multiplication and division facts.
Alongside this, we develop pupils’ mathematical thinking, reasoning and problem solving skills.
We support children in their learning by providing them with opportunities to
- use concrete objects and/or act out an idea or skill
- use visual, pictorial representations e.g. bar models to represent problems
- use abstract representation – the symbolic stage where there is an understanding of formal methods
We encourage our pupils to adopt an ‘I can’ attitude towards learning. We plan lessons that encourage pupils to:
- enjoy excelling in maths
- become enthusiastic learners
- explain what they are in their learning and how they have reached their answer(s)
- believe that by working hard at maths they can succeed
Key Principles and Aims of the National Curriculum:
- become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils have conceptual understanding and are able to recall and apply their knowledge rapidly and accurately to problems
- reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
- can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
Key Stage 1 – Year 1 and 2 (Taken from the National Curriculum Mathematics programme of study, July 2014)
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 should involve working with numerals, words and the 4 operations, including with practical resources [for example, concrete objects and measuring tools].
Lower Key Stage 2 – Year 3 and 4 (Taken from the National Curriculum Mathematics programme of study, July 2014)
The principal focus of mathematics teaching in lower key stage 2 is to ensure that pupils become increasingly fluent with whole numbers and the four operations, including number facts and the concept of place value. This should ensure that pupils develop efficient written and mental methods and perform calculations accurately with increasingly large whole numbers.
Upper Key stage 2 – Year 5 and 6 (Taken from the National Curriculum Mathematics programme of study, July 2014)
The principal focus of mathematics teaching in upper key stage 2 is to ensure that pupils extend their understanding of the number system and place value to include larger integers. This should develop the connections that pupils make between multiplication and division with fractions, decimals, percentages and ratio.
Times Tables Rock Stars
At Sedgley Park we know the importance of children recalling their multiplication and division facts at speed and with accuracy. In order to help children with learning these facts in a fun and engaging way, we subscribe to 'Times Tables Rock Stars'.
Children's success on this platform is celebrated in each class!
Maths lessons are taught using the White Rose Maths framework, alongside the Total Maths framework, which are both in line with The Primary National Curriculum for Mathematics 2014.
Click on the links below to find out more about White Rose Maths and Total Maths
Click on the link below to find out more about 'Times Tables Rock Stars.'