“The only way to learn mathematics is to do mathematics.”
– Paul Halmos
Our aim is to ensure that pupils take enjoyment from learning Maths daily!
Aside from our engaging curriculum, each classroom has a Maths display where each year group can take ownership of their work and pride in their learning.
We have an amazing range of resources to support the children’s work too!
Each lesson is structured using the National Curriculum, which has 6 strands:
- Statistics (from Year 2)
- Algebra (Year 6)
- Ratio and proportion (Year 6)
Our aim is to ensure that children are fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, to be able to reason mathematically using technical language and to problem solve by applying their mathematical skills to a variety of situations.
It is a priority to make maths fun for the children so we use interactive games and as many real-life scenario questions as possible. It is important for the children to understand the importance of using mathematics in their daily lives and the effect it will have on their futures! We use maths all the time!
The focuses for Key Stage One are:
- To develop confidence and mental fluency with whole numbers
- Counting and place value
- Working with numerals, words and the four operations
- Recognise, describe, draw, compare and sort shapes
- Measures to describe and compare quantity
- Number bonds to 20
The focuses for Lower Key Stage Two are:
- Increase fluency with whole numbers and four operations
- Number facts and place value
- Efficient written and mental methods and answers
- Perform accurate calculations with increasingly large numbers
- Problems solving in fractions and decimal place value
- Analyse shape and properties and describe relationships
- Accurate use of measuring instruments
- Memorise up to 12 times tables
The focuses for Upper Key Stage Two are:
- Understanding large integers
- Multiplication and division of fractions, decimals, percentages and ratio
- Use of efficient written and mental calculation
- Introduce language of algebra for problem solving
- Classification of shape with complex geometric properties and associated vocabulary
Competitions and Clubs
Not only do we teach our children the fundamentals of Maths, but we also encourage them to challenge themselves and improve their mental arithmetic with some healthy competition!
A group of Key Stage Two children take part in the Maths Challenge each year at Colet Court, where they compete to attain a bronze, silver or gold certificate for their efforts!
We have been invited to Chelsea Academy on numerous occasions to take part in workshops where the children’s abilities are challenged and their skills are refined in a stimulating setting!
Maths is not only to be learnt inside the classroom, which is why we run a Maths club to help children find a love of the subject after school hours- it’s very popular!
Maths Week is another opportunity to make Maths fun!
With themed tasks, the children use their problem solving skills to crack riddles and even crimes, such as which staff member put the salt in the sugar jar!
The purpose of Maths Week is to make Maths as interactive and fun as possible for the children and providing them with an understanding of how important it is in their daily lives!