Maths

Maths at Freeman’s Endowed C of E Junior Academy

Mathematics has a unique place in the curriculum at Freeman’s.  It provides children with a means of communication through prediction, representation of ideas and explanation of results.  They learn to count, measure, order and classify.  They also learn to think and reason mathematically. They experience enjoyment in investigating patterns in number and shape and in pursuing solutions in closed and open-ended tasks.

The skills that we are taught are not seen as an end in themselves but as an effective tool that will enable them as adults to become independent citizens.  Mathematics contributes to a child’s development in a personal, social and intellectual way.

 

Aims and Objectives

The overall aim for Mathematics is that the school endeavours to help the children be numerate, understand the applications of mathematical skills and solve problems:

  • 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.

 

Teaching and Learning

Mathematics is taught in mixed ability classes.  Mathematics is taught daily and within that time children will be given opportunities to work individually, in pairs, small groups and whole class situations.  Teachers will use a variety of teaching styles such as modelling, demonstration, questioning, explaining and illustrating. Work is differentiated to allow all children to access the lessons and reach their full potential including those working at greater depth in the subject.  Children will learn practically, through real life situations as well as more abstract questions and tasks.

Times Table Rockstars is used across the school to build children’s speed and confidence in the use of multiplication facts which they can then apply in a wide range of contexts. Children have a separate arithmetic lesson where they work towards becoming confident in using formal methods for all four operations, each year group builds upon the previous year’s learning and develops this to the point where formal methods are used with accuracy and speed.

Within lessons children will learn to reason and problem solve and these skills are explicitly taught alongside fluency.

 

How parents can help at home

  1. Be positive about maths – Children take their cue from the messages you give them.
  2. Play games with dice and counters.
  3. Ask questions when shopping – for example, How much do you estimate it will cost? How much change will I get?
  4. Measure and weigh when cooking or doing DIY.
  5. Count whenever possible.
  6. Teach your child to tell the time.
  7. Practise times tables and number bonds.
  8. Google is amazing for looking things up including maths concepts you may have become rusty with.
  9. There are some great maths APPs that build children’s skills and confidence.