At Blackwater Primary School, we believe everyone can achieve in maths.
We encourage a positive attitude in our children where mistakes are seen as opportunities for learning, encouraging them in the belief that by being resilient they can succeed. We wish to dispel the misconception that people are born with or without a gift for maths and that with high expectations and resilience the sky is the limit for all.
We wish to enable our children to achieve mastery in mathematics by providing learning opportunities to develop:
- fluency in understanding and manipulation of number and calculation methods.
- the ability to reason mathematically
- the ability to problem solve in maths and across the curriculum.
We aim to provide challenging and nurturing learning environment where mistakes are viewed as opportunities for new neurological pathways to be formed. We set high expectations and levels of challenge but plan and deliver learning opportunities that are accessible for all. We create interesting contexts where children can apply their maths learning across the curriculum.
We create a growth mindset maths culture at Blackwater by:
- instilling a ‘can do’ attitude in all of our children
- celebrating achievement in maths in monthly assemblies
- sharing our enthusiasm for mathematics
- using concrete materials throughout the school to build understanding before moving on to
- visual and abstract representation of the maths.
- providing opportunities for meaningful practice involving variety and challenge to develop fluency
- encouraging reasoning through emphasis on the ‘how’ and ‘why’.
- providing accessible yet challenging problem solving activities to enable children to make connections between different areas of mathematics and the wider curriculum.
- providing timely interventions and pre-teaching to enable pupils to access mathematics.
When our children see their achievements, we see them learning to love maths. We enjoy seeing our children inspired by maths in the wider world and engaging with it.
If you have any doubt about the importance of that positive mindset then take a look at the links below:
National Curriculum Introduction
The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:
- become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, 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, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
- can 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.’ (National curriculum page 3)
EYFS, Year 1 and Year 2 joined the NCETM mastering number programme last year. It is a wonderful programme which aims to develop fluency, flexibility and deepen understanding of the composition, mathematical relationships between numbers as well as embedding the vocabulary and stem sentences to enable children to confidently articulate their reasoning.
Being able to recall number facts, manipulating number and making connections is key to your child's success in maths.
To ensure our children are developing good fluency, we revisit concepts already taught on a rolling programme. We also use the mastering number programme, 99 Club, Timestables Rockstars and Winning with Numbers to ensure our children are nailing that fluency.
Every Friday children from Nursery up to Year 6 take part in our timed 99 Club quiz. It is great that the whole school from nursery all the way to Year 6 take part. You are welcome to print off our quizzes and have a go at home.
Here is the order:
Money Club - writing numbers to 5
Hippo Club - writing numbers to 10
Tiger Club - writing numbers to 20
Lion Club - number bonds to 10
and then onto 11 Club, 22 Club, 33 Club and so on
Winning with Numbers
Winning with numbers is a new online resource for us this year. It is a small step progressive programme of 300 'goals' made up of 'small steps' in maths learning. Lots of practise and retrieval of old learning ensure that children move smoothly and confidently through their maths learning journey.
Times Tables Rockstars
This is an online resource that has had a very positive impact on children's engagement and achievement in learning their multiplication and division facts. Staff can get very competitive too which all adds to the fun.
Practising little and often is the key to becoming a times table 'rock legend'! We share successes in assemblies, whether that's being at the top of the charts or for making the most progress.
Numbots is part of the TTRS family which is aimed at KS1 and focuses on number knowledge and addition and subtraction.
How can I help my child with maths learning at home
Having a positive mind set is key to success in maths. Research shows that children who believe they have ability in maths invariably do much better than children who do not have that self belief. By encouraging your child to have a go, take risks, building resilience by keeping at it you will help your child develop that essential self belief.
Obviously your child being absent from school and learning at home may become part of our new post Covid reality. School will send you the links for weekly maths learning if your child is absent. These materials are self explanatory with teaching videos and written activities.
If you want to dive a bit deeper into how your child learns to count, add, subtract, multiply and divide take a look at the progression videos below. They are fantastic. There are additional links to teaching videos below if you are grappling with a particular aspect of maths that is problematic. Do of course get in touch with your child's teacher. We are here to help.