At Elvetham Heath Primary School we strive to inspire pupils with a love of mathematics. We believe mathematics teaches us how to make sense of the world around us and that children should be given practical opportunities to apply their developing knowledge and skills. Enjoyment and understanding are key to a child’s development, as is the solid bank of skills and the confidence to be able to use them.
We aim to help children to:
become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics through varied and frequent practice. As they progress through the school, problem solving tasks will be increasingly more complex so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.
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.
Teaching and Learning
The school uses a variety of teaching and learning styles in mathematics lessons to develop the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding. We do this through a daily lesson comprising of whole class and group teaching. During these lessons, we encourage the children to ask, as well as answer mathematical questions. Varied tasks include both open ended and closed questions which probe and encourage deeper thinking skills. Across the school, teachers are currently working hard with children to encourage them to select and use efficient methods and to explain their reasoning.
Staff ensure all pupils are provided with a wide range of experiences to use and apply maths across the curriculum. These may include practical data collection and handling, use of measurement in cooking and Design Technology, positional language and measurement in physical education etc. Children are provided with a range of real life experiences and purposes for learning, making use of our grounds and the local area to enhance mathematical development.
As children progress from key stage 1 into key stage 2, they are encouraged to develop mental strategies before becoming more proficient at written methods.
Homework tasks are set to reinforce children’s learning in class. In line with the local secondary schools, we use an on-line programme full of appropriate tasks and games for children to play to increase children’s confidence and fluency in maths.
A link to MyMaths is available here: www.mymaths.co.uk
The children’s learning is supported through the use of a wide range of resources such as number lines, digit cards and a selection of small apparatus. Teachers regularly use games and websites to support children’s learning. When pupils start at Elvetham Heath Primary School, we encourage pupils to wear watches in order to practise reading and telling the time on analogue clocks.
Times tables remain a vital part of children’s mathematical fluency; all children are now required to take a times tables test at the end of year 4 (12x12).
We have recently subscribed to ‘TT Rockstars’, a website to support children with learning times tables facts: www.ttrockstars.com