Mathematics 2021 - 2022

Miss Kingsley

Miss Barke

Maths at Grove Street Primary school

Mathematics is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject. We are passionate mathematicians at Grove Street. 

 

Our Maths Learning Offer (per week)

 

EYFS: Daily Maths Meeting, YR- 4x Mastering Number sessions and 1x additonal Power Maths Session

KS1: Daily Fluency, 4x Mastering Number sessions , 5x Power Maths lessons and 1x Shared Problem Solving Activity

KS2: Daily Fluency, 5x Power Maths Lessons and 1x Shared Problem Solving Activity

 

 

Power Maths

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In September 2019, we introduced a new Maths teaching programme called ‘Power Maths’. This new approach to Maths aims to help children to deepen their knowledge of mathematical concepts and encourages them to explain their thinking.

Each mathematical topic is approached in the same way with the same three steps:

  1. Practical (Concrete) – the children are encouraged to use concrete manipulative (equipment) to practically solve a problem. They are encouraged at this time to explain what they have used and why and what this is showing. By using practical equipment, the children begin to create pictures in their mind which they will be able to use and draw upon this ‘hands on’ learning in the future.
  2. Pictures (Pictorial) – the children then begin to draw pictorial representations of a problem to help find a solution. They are shown a range of models which they could use to show their thinking and are encouraged to record their pictorial representations in whichever way makes sense to them.
  3. Number sentences (Absract) – the final stage is to record their problem as an abstract number sentence.

 

 

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Alongside Power Maths, Reception & KS1 also follow NCETM 'Mastering Number' sessions 4x per week. This researched based project aims to secure firm foundations in the development of good number sense for all children from Reception through to Year 1 and Year 2. The aim over time is that children will leave KS1 with fluency in calculation and a confidence and flexibility with number. Attention will be given to key knowledge and understanding needed in Reception classes, and progression through KS1 to support success in the future.

 

Supporting Maths at home

 

EYFS & KS1: Children all recieve a 'School Jam' log in. School Jam is an app which links directly to your child and the current Power Maths units that they will be studying in school. It uses a variety of practical and online resources/games for children to use at home. We have a weekly 'School Jam' Champion per class. This is a person who is regularly accessing School Jam. We also encourage all parents to download the '1 Minute Maths' app created by White Rose. This allows children to practise their fluency skills in quick bursts and to challenge themselves to answer as many questions correctly as possible. 

Towards the end of KS1 children are invited to have a TTRS (Timestable Rockstars) account to support them to learn their times tables (2s, 5s & 10s) 

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KS2: All children have a TTRS (Timestable Rockstars) account and are encourage to practise as much as possible. There is a 'Rockstar' Player of the week. This is a child who has either worked incredibly hard or has earned an impressive high score!

 

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All parents and carers are encouraged to contact their child's class teacher if they have any issues with Mathematics.  Parents and carers can also message Miss Kingsley or Miss Barke over Class Dojo for any further support. 

 

 

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