Maths

Maths

At Foundation Stage (nursery and Reception)

Becoming confident and competent learners and being able to use skills, are our aims at this Foundation Level. Children develop this through practical activities involving-

Counting, Sorting, Matching, Seeking Patterns, Making Connections, Recognising Relationships, Working with Numbers, Shapes, Space and Measures.

Their understanding is reinforced through stories, songs, games and imaginative play. Through such a variety of approaches our children enjoy using and experimenting with numbers.

At Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2)

During this stage our children continue to build their knowledge and understanding of mathematics through practical activities, exploration and discussion.

Our main aim is to provide them with a range of mental calculation strategies, which they can use confidently in a variety of tasks. They learn about shape and space, again through practical activities, which build on their understanding of their immediate environment. They begin to grasp mathematical language, using it to talk about their methods and explain their reasoning when solving problems.

Key Stage 2 Maths (Years 3,4,5 and 6)

At Heathfield In Key Stage 2 we aim make to Maths stimulating, challenging and enjoyable.

We aim to prepare and provide a sound foundation for our pupils in all aspects of Mathematics. Pupils are taught how to set out their work correctly and given experience of applying their mathematical skills to real life scenarios and problem solving.

Pupils use calculators, computers and a range of other resources as tools for exploring number structure and to enable work with realistic data.

Maths is normally taught each day and is allocated 25% of the total weekly timetabled lessons available. It is taught in mixed ability whole classes. The classes are often grouped into ability groups for some activities and tasks are differentiated where appropriate. Most lessons begin with a mental arithmetic starter and 50% of each session is devoted to whole class teaching. Teachers use the DfES Numeracy Strategy to aid planning and progression.

There is a very strong emphasis on the teaching of mental arithmetic strategies. To encourage involvement of all pupils, children may use individual white boards, number cards or fans and other apparatus to hold up and show their answers during the oral sessions. Pupils are encouraged to develop their own personal strategies to calculate, estimate and check their work.

Children are required to explain their methods both orally and in written form. They are encouraged and taught how to use jottings to assist their working and to use correct language and vocabulary.

The children practise tables by rote, experience regular oral tests, question and answer sessions and use workbooks at a level appropriate to their age and ability.

Wherever possible pupils are taught to become mentally agile with a feel for number before moving onto more formal written methods of recording and working.

In addition to number work, pupils are taught about two and three dimensional shapes and their properties; about measure, involving metric linear, square and cubic measurements, and about data handling including charts, graphs and probability.

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