To support our children to learn and become confident with their times tables, KS2 use a website called 'Times Tables Rockstars' (TT Rockstars). The website contains lots of games with a rock star theme which support the children to recall times tables facts and increase their speed when answering these questions.
The children all have their own avatar and earn coins for correct answers so that they can buy their avatar new things. We use TT Rockstars in lessons during the week and also advise children to practise as part of homework (Battle of the Bands).
As well as earning coins and moving up the rock star statuses online, we also reward children within school. After completing a weekly Battle of the Bands (between different year groups, or different genders), the winners can choose a reward with their class teacher. In weekly celebration assemblies, there is also potential to get a certificate for improving or having the most points.
If you would like any more information about how to help your child with their times tables, then please speak to their class teacher.
At Lunsford we want every pupil to develop a love of maths. We aim to develop a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject and provide a programme for progression where pupils are stimulated and challenged.
We aim that children will develop a strong sense of number and a secure understanding of place value using a range of resources to support learning. Formal written recording is practiced regularly and is an important part of learning and understanding.We aim to have a consistent approach to the teaching of written calculations in order to establish continuity and progression throughout the school. It is vital that pupils are able to apply their knowledge and skills to solve mathematical puzzles and problems, as well as be able to explain their reasoning and methods clearly.
Pupils are encouraged to learn key number facts, such as number bonds and multiplication facts from very early on in their education. From Year 2 onwards, most classes will have weekly times table challenges. As of the school year 2019-2020, year 4 will be tested on their times tables knowledge up to 12 x 12. It will comprise of 25 questions, with 6 seconds to answer each question. This year, the current year 4 will be trialling this times tables test in the summer term. All KS2 children have a log-in for the website, TTRockstars, in which children can practise their times tables.
From September 2015, all pupils will be taught mathematics based on the new National Curriculum for Mathematics. The programme of study 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.
(Taken from the new Maths National Curriculum).
Please click on each year group to see the objectives that the children will be covering that year.
Teachers use the Kent Planning for Mastery medium term planning outlines.
Please see your child's class teacher or Miss Walker (Maths Subject Leader) if you have any questions or queries.
Supporting With Maths at Home
Most parents are keen to support their children’s learning at home. This can be relatively simple – bedtime stories aid reading and literacy skills, for example. However, when it comes to helping with mathematics, many parents feel less sure as they worry about getting it wrong or confusing their child.
Firstly, please be conscious of not passing any of your maths hang-ups on to your children. We can ALL do maths. We need to get rid of the idea that maths is scary and difficult (‘Maths is hard!’ ‘I was never any good at maths!’ or ‘I don’t like maths!’) and instead embrace maths as a highly useful tool that makes our lives richer, easier and more efficient.
Maths is all around us and maths learning can happen anywhere. Look for maths problems you can solve together, making connections between what your child has been learning at school and the world around them.
Maybe try one of these ideas?
Here are some websites with some useful maths games which may help your child reinforce skills learnt in school.