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 maths follow a two to five week block of learning, allowing children to consolidate and deepen their learning. At the end of each half term there are one or two weeks available for teachers to reinforce the learning for pupils in the concepts covered during that half term.
We teach children to have a varied fluency in the way they calculate, allowing pupils to see and use a variety of methods before they move on to using formal methods of calculation. This allows pupils, along with the use of concrete equipment, to gain a full understanding of what and how they are actually calculating, rather than just learning a method- which is 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 to enable children to access all areas of the maths 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 in our Star Award assemblies each Friday.
Classes have a weekly computer/iPad time when the children log on to Mathletics, a super on-line learning tool which teaches and assesses children's learning in all areas of maths- as this is web based, children can access this learning tool from home. The top thirteen point scoring classes for the week are announced in the Star Award assembly, with the class scoring the most points gaining the trophy for the week and the top ten, highest points scoring pupils having the honour of their names being read out in the assembly.
Parents and carers can and do have a huge influence on their child's confidence in and understanding of maths. There are many excellent ways of helping children with essential maths skills. These include: 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, estimating the time it will take to get to the cinema, and what time you will be home by; calculating 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; calculating how much they need to save each week/month to have enough money to buy the item they want.