The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:
At East Tilbury Primary, we follow the White Rose Mathematics schemes of learning, which is linked to the National Curriculum Programmes of Study. https://whiterosemaths.com/resources/schemes-of-learning/primary-sols/
We use the WRM schemes of learning as they encourage the use of concrete, practical equipment for all year groups before moving on to pictorial and then abstract learning. Different areas of learning in mathematics follow a two- to five-week block of learning, allowing children to consolidate and deepen their knowledge, skills and understanding.
We teach children to become fluent in mathematics by varying their methods and frequently practising ways to calculate. This allows pupils to observe and undertake a variety of methods before they progress to using formal methods of calculation. As a result, pupils are given the opportunity to use concrete equipment, gaining a full understanding of what and how they are actually calculating, rather than just learning a method, which can be easily forgotten or becomes muddled.
We also work with the children on developing their reasoning and problem-solving skills as applying their understanding of calculations to written problems is a skill in itself and needs direct teaching and understanding.
Learning basic skills - times tables and number bonds - is essential in enabling children to access all areas of the mathematics curriculum. To help motivate pupils to learn their times tables, we have a weekly intra-school times tables challenge; any class, in any year group can win the impressive trophy for the week as the times table being tested is year appropriate. The results are announced and celebrated in our Star Award assemblies each Friday.
Classes are allocated weekly computer/iPad time when the children log on to Mathletics, an on-line learning tool which teaches and assesses children's learning in all areas of mathematics. This tool is web-based so the children can also access this learning tool from home and continue to practise and develop their skills. The top point-scoring classes are announced in the weekly Star Award assembly, with the class scoring the most points gaining the trophy for the week and the top ten, highest point-scoring pupils being honoured with their names read out in the assembly.
Parents and carers can and do have a huge influence on their child's confidence and understanding of mathematics. Following recipes; using measuring jugs and scales; using a timer; paying for items in a shop and checking change; reading bus and train timetables; checking screen times at the cinema and estimating the time it will take to get to the cinema, and what time you will be home by; calculating or estimating how many miles it is to a relative's house or how far you will need to drive/go by train/coach/fly to get to your holiday destination and when you will arrive and how much they need to save each week/month to have enough money to buy the item they want, are all excellent ways to help children with essential mathematical skills.