Mathematics AT St Mary's

Our Maths lessons at St Mary's follow the Can Do Maths Club scheme of learning.  We aim for our Maths lessons to be inclusive for all pupils, with everybody studying the same topic and being provided with support and challenge as needed.  We use the Concrete Pictorial Abstract (CPA) approach and here are just a few examples of equipment that pupils have access to, to support and stretch their understanding.

Our maths curriculum at St Marys is designed to build deep understanding, confidence and competence in maths – a culture that produces strong, secure learning and real progress. A typical lesson is structured into into four main parts.  

  1. Interleaving /flashbacks -for example, learning from last year, last month, last week, last lesson.
  2. ‘Do it’ - teacher introduces and models new learning broken down into a small step. New vocabulary is introduced and used in full sentences with the children.
  3. ‘Twist it’ – misconceptions are addressed, examples of what it is not.
  4. Independent work following the ‘do it, twist it, secure it’ approach.

We have one maths lesson in the mornings and one additional 'Maths on Track' session later in the day.  This is a 20 minute session which focuses on deliberate practice, consolidation, pre-teaching and/or immediate intervention.

 

We use small steps to teach our lessons so that pupils will:

  • Become fluent in the fundamentals of maths so that they develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
  • Solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems with increasing sophistication, including in unfamiliar contexts and to model real-life scenarios.
  • Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry and develop and present a justification, argument or proof using mathematical language.

 

To support our maths lessons, we also use Mathletics (for homework and additional resources in class), Times Table Rock Stars (to develop multiplication fluency and related division facts) and maths bands in KS1 and maths badges in KS2 (to develop fluency of number facts).

 

Key Learning and Vocabulary

Click the links below to access our knowledge organisers.  They capture the key learning for the term and list the specific language that we will be using in each year group. In our maths lessons, we explain how we know something is correct and reason by using mathematical vocabulary.  (These will be added to throughout the year.) 

Term 1                                    Term 2 

Year 1                                     Year 1

Year 2                                     Year 2

Year 3                                     Year 3

Year 4                                     Year 4

Year 5                                     Year 5

Year 6                                     Year 6

 

Calculation Policy

Maths methods and strategies taught in school today are different from those that many parents learnt when they were at school.  This can cause confusion when parents are trying to support their child at home.  In order to help, this document shows the main methods taught (in specific year groups) for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.  Each child’s progress is different; however, most children will acquire the listed methods by the end of the school year.

 

Useful Websites

Here are some websites you may find helpful to consolidate learning at home.

 

NCETM Lesson Videos 

Video clips on how to teach maths concepts in KS1 and KS2, to support parents and teachers during the lockdown. All resources are free and do not require a log in.

 

Corbett Maths

A wide range of video tutorials, quizzes, worksheets and study cards.

 

Primary Maths Games

A range of maths games covering a range of topics where you can select the year group required.

 

Maths Life

Select the appropriate year group for maths games and activities to do at home.

 

Maths On Toast

Free, fun, creative maths activities the whole family can join in with.

 

I See Maths

Lots of videos and free resources with a focus on problem solving.

 

White Rose

Video lessons covering Year 1 to Year 6.

 

Numberblocks

For Early Years and KS1, sing the songs and watch the Numberblocks episodes to learn all about numbers.

 

Top Marks

Lots of maths games to consolidate learning.

 

Solvemoji

Emoji maths puzzles. Free to register.

 

Prodigy

Children can answer maths questions to complete epic quests and earn in-game rewards. You can play without a school code.

 

Nrich Maths

Free curriculum-linked resources to develop mathematical reasoning, and problem-solving skills

 

Wild Maths

A collection of mathematical games, activities and stories, encouraging you to think creatively.