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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 place a real emphasis on teaching mental calculation methods (eg. number bond challenge in Year 2) and creating opportunities for children to actively engage with the concepts being taught. This can sometimes be in cross-curricular context.

 

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.

 

Ultimately, we want to guide our pupils to become independent and confident mathematicians, with the skills to achieve and continue their success in education and beyond.

 

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 Mrs Lomax / Miss Walker (Maths Subject Leaders) 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 mrid 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?

 

  • Follow a recipe: work together to find out the quantities needed, ask your child to weigh the ingredients, discuss how you’d halve or double the recipe and discuss the ratio of ingredients.
  • Talk about the weather forecast: is today’s temperature higher or lower than yesterday’s? What do the numbers mean?
  • Going shopping: talk about the cost of items and how the cost changes if you buy two items instead of one. Let your child count out the coins when paying and discuss the change you get back. Use coins to explore addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
  • Planning an outing: discuss how long it takes to get to the park, and so work out what time you need to leave the house. Encourage your child to work out the best solution based on the time and distances. Discuss what shapes you see when you get there.
  • Play a board game: rolling dice, counting on spaces, working out who is winning.. All of these things will help your child whilst hopefully having fun!

 

Here are some websites with some useful maths games which may help your child  reinforce skills learnt in school.

 

http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/maths/

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/maths/

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/maths/

 

http://www.multiplication.com/

 

http://mathszone.co.uk/

 

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games

 

http://www.primarygames.co.uk/

 

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