Numeracy

Maths(2)

Mathematics helps children to make sense of the world around them through developing their ability to calculate, to reason and to solve problems.  It enables children to understand and appreciate relationships and pattern in both number and space in their everyday lives.  Through their growing knowledge and understanding, children learn to appreciate the contribution made by many cultures to the development and application of mathematics.

 

At Kingsley CP and Nursery School, we aim to:

 

  • develop a positive attitude to maths as an interesting and attractive subject in which all children gain some success and pleasure;
  • develop mathematical understanding through systematic direct teaching of appropriate learning objectives;
  • encourage the effective use of maths as a tool in a wide range of activities within school and, subsequently, adult life;
  • develop an ability in the children to express themselves fluently, to talk about the subject with assurance, using correct mathematical language and vocabulary:
  • develop an appreciation of relationships within maths;
  • develop ability to think clearly and logically with independence of thought and flexibility of mind;
  • develop an appreciation of creative aspects of maths and awareness of its aesthetic appeal;
  • develop mathematical skills and knowledge and quick recall of basic facts in line with NNS recommendations.

 

The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:

 

  • Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including the varied and regular practice of increasingly complex problems over time.
  • Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, understanding relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.
  • Can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

 

The expectation is that the majority of pupils will move through the programmes of study at broadly the same pace. However, decisions about when to progress will always be based on the security of pupils’ understanding and their readiness to progress to the next stage. Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly will be challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content.

 

Those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material will consolidate their understanding, including additional practice, before moving on. A useful document is the Kingsley Calculation Guidance, which is attached below. This outlines the progression in strategies relating to the four written methods of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. It shares expectations for each year group, and is a useful document for parents in supporting children in their next steps. A further document attached is a Mental Maths Progression Document, which again shares progression in mental maths across each year group.

 

To consolidate our maths learning and to practice our important maths skills, here are some useful websites below: 

http://nrich.maths.org/primary-lower

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z826n39

http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/maths/

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Interactive.aspx?cat=20

http://www.mathplayground.com/games2.html

And of course…

http://www.mymaths.co.uk/   (see your class teacher for individual logon details)

 

Some apps for tablet computers are:

King of Maths, Doodle Maths, Monster Maths, Conundra Maths and Penguin Jump Maths!

 

Please click on files below to download age related expectations for each year group.

 

Files to Download