Teaching of Mathematics:
Mathematics teaching at St Martin’s incorporates a wide range of teaching methods and resources, including ICT to promote mathematical talk as well as supporting individual learning. Children are given opportunities to work within groups as well as individually. Children regularly have opportunities to practice key number facts and times tables knowledge which parents are encouraged to support at home. Targets are set regularly and these are shared with the children. The Calculation Policy runs parallel to the new National Curriculum 2014 and explains and demonstrates the methodology of each of the four operations. This progression document aids children’s understanding of formal written methods.
From September 2014, years 1, 3, 4 and 5 will follow the new National Curriculum for Mathematics. Years 2 and 6 will continue to follow the old National Curriculum in preparation for their end of key stage tests whilst still incorporating our key aims and elements of the new programmes of study. Reception is taught through the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.
Our curriculum ensures that children:
• become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply their 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
At St Martin’s, children in years 1 – 6 have access to Mathletics through their own username and password. As well as providing a motivating and engaging way to complete homework tasks, it gives them access to a wide range of mathematical games, resources and activities. The children have their own log in name and password.
Useful Web Links:
Below are some useful websites which parents can use with their children to develop and support some of the key areas which are taught at School. You can click on the active links below: