What Do We Want Our Pupils to Achieve?
Mathematics is an essential, creative discipline that helps children to understand and interact with their world. In addition to a secure grasp of mathematical concepts, we want all pupils at The Rosary Catholic Primary School to experience an enjoyment of mathematics and to develop a sense of curiosity for mathematical principles. We seek to empower pupils to develop and flourish in their mathematics learning; to develop stamina, resilience and perseverance. We endeavour to develop in our pupils a secure and deep understanding of mathematical concepts through manageable steps. We aim to ensure that they become proficient mathematicians, unafraid to take risks, to explore and to investigate. Teaching staff embrace maths teaching and learning and are keen to develop their pupils and help them reach their true Maths potential.
We aim for all our pupils to:
become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics so that they develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
be able to solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems with increasing sophistication, including in unfamiliar contexts and to model real-life scenarios
reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry and develop and present a justification, argument or proof using mathematical language.
develop an appreciation of number and number operations, which facilitates mental calculations and written procedures to be performed efficiently, fluently and accurately.
How is Mathematics taught?
The Rosary’s curriculum has been developed to foster positive attitudes towards Maths and to promote enthusiasm and confidence in learning. We make use of mistakes and misconceptions as an essential part of learning and provide challenges through our daily lessons and reasoning and problem-solving tasks. Our Mathematics curriculum fulfils the requirements of the National Curriculum (2014) and teachers use a range of resources including Abacus, White Rose, Target Your Maths, NRich and NCETM to support, stretch and challenge all learners within the classroom. Lessons are planned and sequenced so that new knowledge and skills build on what has been taught before. Pupils have the opportunity to engage in interactive learning on the MyMaths portal where homework is planned to consolidate their learning.
In Maths lessons, children work on a Learning Question that both challenges and helps to develop their maths skills. At the end of the lesson, the children review how successfully they have tackled the challenge and assess their ability to achieve the set Learning Question. If the progress of a child is limited during the lesson for any reason, Quality Support (QS) is put in place in order to address any issues. Staff also refer to the Calculation Policy when teaching formal methods, aware that pupils sometimes find their own efficient methods along the way.
Each week a Times Tables focus is planned to give children the opportunity to practise and improve their rapid recall skills with facts 12x12. Children enjoy the weekly challenge and work to improve their time and score each week. All our pupils also have access to Times Tables Rockstars where they can compete against other pupils and enter tournaments.
As educators, we seek to prepare our pupils to be independent mathematicians equipped with the Maths skills that they can apply to a range of ‘real world’ contexts. Through our curriculum, the teaching of Mathematics extends beyond pupils’ daily Mathematics lessons; cross curricular links are made, where relevant and purposeful, between Mathematics, our themes, the local area and current affairs e.g. through the Year 6 of Managing Money. This provides children with opportunities to apply their Maths skills as well as enabling them to appreciate that Mathematics is part of everyday life.
National Curriculum Years 1-6
Mathematics in Reception
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The Requirements of the Mathematics National Curriculum Year 1 to Year 6
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requirements of the Mathematics National Curriculum in Year 2.
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Useful Mathematics Pages
The Year 4 Multiplication Tables Check
In June 2020, the Year 4 multiplication tables check will become statutory.
Your child will take a short online test to make sure their times tables knowledge is at the expected level.
What is the Year 4 multiplication tables check?
The multiplication tables check is an online test for pupils in Year 4. Pupils are asked to answer 25 questions on times tables from two to 12. They are given six seconds per question, with three seconds rest between each question, so the test should last less than five minutes.
Questions about the six, seven, eight, nine, and 12 times tables are likely to come up most often as these are the hardest for most children to learn. It’s a good idea to focus on these tricky times tables with your child.
First and foremost, the check is about finding out which children are struggling with their times tables so that they can get extra support. It is not a judgement on what your child can do but a way for the school to know how their teaching is going and to adjust their focus if needed.
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Useful Mathematics Websites
Top Marks - Hit the Button
Primary Games - Maths Games
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