This year will see us continue our journey, with the support of the St Helen's Maths hub, making Maths relevant to the children. We leave no-one behind in our teaching and learning.
The 3 core areas of the subject:
Problem solving are all taught and developed over the course of the year in conjunction with the schemes of learning. Why not follow the link below to see what your child is studying in Mathematics this week?
It is essential for our children to learn basic skills in Maths to enable them to solve real life problems involving number, calculation, shape and measures.
We have been working hard to ensure our Maths learning environments include high quality, practical resources and interactive working walls to support the children with the strategies they choose.
The next time you are in school, please come and see them...even the teachers learn from looking at each others working walls. Should you ever have any questions - please see your child's teacher. They will be only to happy to help.
Here is an example of how our learning environments progress throughout school to enable us to scaffold the children's learning effectively.
Multiplication and Division
Each child from year 2 upwards will have times table practice to do each week. Since the creation of the national times table test for year 4 (statutory from summer 2020) this area of maths has had a renewed focus. No one thinks that this is purely 'testing for testings sake' however, the skills of speedy and accurate number manipulation, multiplication and division recall really do underpin a large proportion of the curriculum since 2014. We focus upon number facts and number bonds in year 1 and then each week from year 2 onwards, the children have a targeted focus on an individual times table. This is tracked. Your child should always know which times table they are learning...why not ask them?
The times table book works in a similar fashion to the reading diary. Here a daily task is used to support your child with their learning of these key number facts.
In addition to our daily Maths lessons we have many opportunities for the children to enhance their problem solving skills through events in school. Our more recent 'Bring and Buy' event proved very popular again this year. The children really enjoyed taking on the role as shop keeper and allowed the other children to purchase their items and provide them with the correct change. Well done everyone!
Please take a look at the following link to help your child prepare for their Year 6 SAT's Maths practice
Keep checking our website for our future Maths events!
Using Resources within our teaching
We are very lucky at Highfield St. Matthews to have a wealth of resources to use in our Mathematic lessons. These resources help with problem solving and reasoning. Take a look at what we get up to in our lessons below.
Times Tables Rockstars
We are currently enrolled on the Times Tables Rockstars programme at Highfield St. Matthews. This gives the children the core understanding of their times tables which is essential in other areas of Maths. We ask that you encourage your child to practice on the App at home as much as possible.