Mathematics is essential to everyday life and, therefore, in every classroom at The Stour Academy Trust, it is taught is creatively on a daily basis. It is essential that all children develop a good mathematical understanding and all teachers strive to ensure that the basic principles of maths are taught to support children become independent, successful learners. In line with the current National Curriculum, we provide a maths curriculum which enables our pupils to:
- 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.
This, in turn will broaden children’s knowledge and they will develop a sense of enjoyment and curiosity.
The aims of the National Curriculum emphasise the importance of all pupils mastering the content taught in each year group. The expectation that the majority of pupils will move through the programmes of study at broadly the same pace. However, decisions about when to progress should always be based on the security of pupils’ understanding and their readiness to progress to the next stage. Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly should be challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content. Those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material should consolidate their understanding, including through additional practice, before moving on. (National Curriculum page 3).
In order to follow and meet the requirements of the National Curriculum, all schools within the Stour Academy Trust follow the scheme of work designed by the White Rose Maths Hub which can be found at https://sites.google.com/a/highworth.kent.sch.uk/kandmmathshub/elementsofmastery. This scheme of work focuses on a mastery approach and allows pupils to fully immerse themselves in their learning through a range of problem solving activities which will require them to broaden their mathematical understanding.
We encourage parents to support their children in developing their basic Mathematical skills; particularly to support their fluency and mental ability. This can be achieved in a number of different ways:
- Counting basic objects within the home environment
- Telling the time at home
- Using money in real life situations
- Helping weigh materials on scales
- Learning times tables and number bonds to 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100.
When supporting your child with their homework, it is most beneficial if you continue using the methods which are used in class; this avoids any confusion. Click below to find our Calculation Policy, which outlines how we teach key concepts in all year groups which you can also use to help support your child’s learning at home.
Number facts and Times Tables
The Curriculum places a focus on children knowing their Number Bonds as well as their times tables up to 12x12. This knowledge is imperative for all children to develop and become fluent in because it is essential within many different mathematical areas- written methods of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division; problem solving; fractions, decimals and percentages; measure; and money to name a few.
Starting in the Early Years, children begin to learn their number bonds to 5 and 10. This continues into Key Stage 1 and these should be secure by the end of Year 2. By the end of Year 4, the expectation is that all children know their times tables.
The order in which children should learn their times tables (as outlined in the National Curriculum) is:
Year 2- 2, 10, 5, 3
Year 3- 3, 4, 8, 6
Year 4- 7, 9, 11, 12
Year 5 & 6- revisit and revise all of the times tables and focus on recalling fluently the division facts; e.g. 4 x 6 = 24; 24 ÷ 4 = 6.
This year, we are developing our very own Times Tables Rock Band and all children are challenging themselves to improve their knowledge and recall of times tables on a daily basis. All children, from year 1 and up, have a log in so that they can also access this online resource at home and continue to compete against themselves in order to beat their original time score.
Please do support your child with this at home as it is a fun and interactive way to learn!
Useful Websites to use at home
Below are some websites which have fun games and activities which you could use at home to support your child in an exciting way.
General Maths Games:
Long Term Plans