Mathematics is ‘essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment’ (National Curriculum, September 2013).
At Cranborne, we strive to enable our pupils to become life-long learners, capable of facing challenges and recognising their own learning needs and how these can be developed. A high-quality mathematics education provides excellent foundations for this, providing children with a deeper understanding of the world around them, the ability to reason, explain and justify mathematically and the capacity to learn from mistakes by reflecting on feedback and solving problems. Through carefully planned lessons and activities, we endeavour to instil a ‘sense of enjoyment and curiosity’ about mathematics in all children.
We believe that maths should be engaging, challenging and relevant to the children and their lives in an ever changing 21st century. We strongly believe that teaching and learning in maths is based on sound mathematical learning rather than simply taught as a set of memorised techniques. This is reflected in our calculation policy (please see link at end) which supports the use of concrete equipment and pictorial representations alongside the teaching of formal methods.
Maths at Cranborne is focused on the three aims of the 2014 national curriculum so that all children:
- become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, so that develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately
- reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, look for patterns, and articulating their ideas, justifying and explaining their thinking using mathematical language
- can solve problems by applying their knowledge and skills to a variety of problems, breaking them down into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
To ensure rapid progress, each child is given regular opportunities to practise, consolidate, extend and apply their knowledge and skills in a variety of contexts. Here at Cranborne we use the HfL maths Essentials Sequences as a tool for planning and teaching. This allows children to build strong foundations in their mathematical understanding, apply this learning within different contexts and move onto using formal methods.
If your child is in full time education at Cranborne School (Reception class to Year 6), he or she will have been provided with a username and password for the global online maths programme, 'Mathletics'. This provides your child with access to the programme from home.
Mathletics presently helps over 3 million children around the world to enjoy and improve their maths learning. There are thousands of online activities for all ages and abilities; these are aligned with the National Curriculum. Mathletics also adds a competitive dimension to learning, allowing students to play live mental arithmetic games against other students from around the world.
Mathletics can be accessed from iPads and other android tablets. If you own an iPad, the programme is free to download as ‘Mathletics Student’ from the iTunes store. For other android tablets it can be downloaded for free from the Google Play store. The Mathletics Student programme for tablets is being continually developed but there are many activities currently available.
Please use the link at the top and make use of this excellent resource to help practise and enhance key mathematical skills in a fun and engaging way. If your child has lost or does not know their log-in please ask the class teacher to re-issue it.
The Mathletics Cup!
Each fortnight, the children’s participation in the Mathletics activities, both at home and at school, will be calculated and the class with the highest number of Mathletics participants will win the Mathletics cup. The cup will then reside in the winning classroom for the next fortnight.
Each year, children in Year 5 and Year 6 take part in the Primary Maths Challenge. The challenge involves each of the selected children,sitting a paper of 25 questions alongside many more children nationwide.
The children take the challenge in school during a particular week in November. They work on a range of problems, using and applying their mathematical skills and knowledge. We are always incredibly proud of the children's resilience and persistence!
The results are submitted online and some of our lucky pupils may be selected to take part in in a worldwide competition later in the year!
All participating children will receive certificates in a whole school celebration assembly.
Watch this space to find out how our children this year get on!
If you'd like to learn more, please pay a visit to the Primary Maths Challenge website using the link below.
Children acquire concepts and develop their understanding of Mathematics through opportunities and activities that involve matching comparing, classifying, and making patterns and sequences in different contexts. They improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating, simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces and measure.
Key Stage 1
The main aim of mathematics teaching in Key Stage 1 is to develop children's confidence and mental fluency with numbers, counting and place value. Activities involve children working with numerals, words and the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division). Children use a range of practical resources, including bead-strings, tens frames and measuring tools.
Children also learn to recognise, draw, compare and sort different shapes and use the related vocabulary. They use a variety of measures to describe and compare different quantities such as length, mass, capacity, time and money.
Key Stage 2
In Key Stage 2, children become increasingly fluent with whole numbers and the four operations, including number facts and the concept of place value. Children develop efficient written and mental methods and solve calculations accurately. They extend their knowledge and understanding of the number system, using increasingly
larger numbers and develop their ability to make connections between multiplication and division with fractions, decimals, percentages and ratio. Children in Key Stage 2 are introduced to the language of algebra and tackle a wide range of problems in a variety of contexts, including problems involving geometry and measure.