Intent - What does Maths look like at Sandcross?
We believe that for every child, a firm grasp of mathematics is essential for understanding the world and everyday life. Our core values (Respect, Responsibility, Resilience and Kindness) are at the heart of every lesson and are demonstrated through the ways that children communicate with each other, as well as in their attitudes to learning. Children of all ages work with resilience and take responsibility for their own learning. They support each other showing both kindness and show respect for different approaches.
Our Maths curriculum is designed to challenge, develop and nurture the “Whole Child‟ with a mission of “Inspiring Lifelong Success‟.
Implementation - So, how are we going to deliver this?
Through the Maths No Problem scheme, pupils develop their thinking and reasoning skills, as well becoming reflective learners as they need to listen, articulate and respond to other children within the class. We refer to ABC (Agree, Build, Challenge) to help the children structure their responses and create an atmosphere where debate is encouraged. We carry out whole class teaching to ensure that ‘no child is left behind’. By supporting all children to access the core learning, through adult support or concrete resources, we give all children the chance to succeed. We use the approach of concrete – pictorial – abstract, especially when introducing new learning or making it more complex.
Impact - What difference is this curriculum making to our children?
Pupils will become fluent in the fundamental concepts of maths and will experience varied, regular practice of these with increasing levels of difficulty. They will have frequent opportunities to reason mathematically; discuss and challenge each other while justifying their answers. They will develop logical thinking by investigating real life scenarios and will solve puzzles by making links between the number system, shape, measures and statistics.
Maths is a key life skill. It is essential in everything we construct, everything we calculate and almost every problem which we have to solve in our daily lives.
Our main aim is that all our pupils will develop a positive attitude to maths and learn to use it with confidence, understanding and pleasure, so that they are equipped to access a world full of maths.
The Maths Curriculum
At Sandcross we have the three main aims of the National Curriculum at the core of our maths teaching and learning:
Once the children have grasped a maths skill we shall deepen that understanding through reasoning and problem solving activities, so that they can fully embed their learning and can apply it to a range of real life situations.
Times tables underpin a majority of the number work in UKS2 and as a result at Sandcross we aim for all children to know their times tables (up to the 12 times table) by the age of 9.
Our children take part in a times tables challenge where they work through a series of awards to motivate them along the way – bronze, silver, gold, 100 club and platinum.
Our platinum tests are held in high regard and are designed to be a real challenge, aimed at our UKS2 pupils. The platinum challenge is optional especially in LKS2 where some of our children start with small personal goals – achieving one correct answer is the first step.
How can parents and carers help?
With maths all around us, maths learning at home can be made fun. From going on a number hunt along the street to planning the best way of spending their holiday money, children can practise a wide range of maths skills. The key is to make maths relevant to their everyday lives.
Time is an area where adults at home can really help us. Having an analogue clock (one with the numbers around the edge of the clock) in the house where children can practise telling the time and also through referring to the time often (We will be leaving in 5 mins / when the minute hand is on the 7 / at half past) will help the children in using time confidently.
Below are some examples of activities and games that can be completed at home or on the move.
Mental maths skills are also something we would encourage adults to practise with children. From knowing which numbers add together to make 9 or 20, to learning their times tables, little and often practise will make a real difference. If you would like to know what the children are focusing on at school, looking at their maths passport targets is a good guide. Below is a leaflet on ideas for practising times tables at home.
We do hold parent mornings each year to help parents with maths in our school. These have been very popular and give adults an opportunity to see maths in action in the classroom. If you have something you would like us to cover please let us know.
It is all different from when I went to school!
We realise that for some methods will look different to the ones that you were taught as a child. You will probably find that the methods children are using by the time they leave Sandcross are very similar to those you use yourself. If you have any questions on these please feel free to ask us for a demonstration.