OUR APPROACH TO MATHEMATICS
Our aims in teaching mathematics are that all children should achieve a high standard in numeracy and in a range of mathematical skills which they are able to apply with understanding and confidence. We expect them to enjoy the subject for its own intrinsic worth and study it with increasing confidence and a sense of achievement. We strive to promote positive attitudes to mathematics along with an understanding of its importance in everyday situations and the world of work. Our teaching centres on key skills in numeracy involving a wide range of practical techniques and resources.
The principal focus of mathematics teaching in lower key stage 2 is to ensure that pupils become increasingly fluent with whole numbers and the four operations, including number facts and the concept of place value. This should ensure that pupils develop efficient written and mental methods and perform calculations accurately with increasingly large whole numbers.
By the end of year 4, pupils should have memorised their multiplication tables up to and including the 12 multiplication table and show precision and fluency in their work.
The principal focus of mathematics teaching in upper key stage 2 is to ensure that pupils extend their understanding of the number system and place value to include larger integers. This should develop the connections that pupils make between multiplication and division with fractions, decimals, percentages and ratio.
By the end of year 6, pupils should be fluent in written methods for all four operations, including long multiplication and division, and in working with fractions, decimals and percentages.
Considerable emphasis is placed on mental maths. This is a key area where parents can get involved in helping their children with mathematics at home. Support resources for these SMIRFs (Space Mission Instant Recall Facts) are again available via the school website.
SMIRFS - SPACE MISSION INSTANT RECALL FACTS
An important part of maths has always been rote learning of certain numeracy facts. For many years this has included practising times tables.
We have recently added more structure to this throughout school, as well as adding several other elements of instant recall maths.
Every child has a SMIRF passport which contains key mental maths skills for your child to practise at home. To help you support your child, we have devised a SMIRF practice sheet for each 'planet' in the scheme.
The activities on the sheet should improve your child's mathematical fluency and hopefully be fun as well as challenging. We try to ensure that your child has a secure grasp of each of the skills before we move them onto the next planet. It is anticipated that most children will 'visit' two to three planets each year. We would welcome any feedback on the sheets and please feel free to discuss them further with your child's teacher or the Maths Subject Leader, Mr Manning, if you are unsure about any aspect of the scheme.
Happy space travelling!