Parkside Primary School

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Maths

Statement of Intent

At Parkside Primary we have adopted a mastery approach for the teaching of mathematics. Underpinning this pedagogy is the belief that all children can achieve in maths. We believe in promoting sustained and deepened understanding by employing a variety of mastery strategies, with teaching for conceptual understanding at the heart of everything we do. We aim to create independent mathematicians who are well equipped to apply their learning to the wider world.

 

Teaching for Mastery aims to provide all children with full access to the curriculum, enabling them to achieve confidence and competence – ‘mastery’ – in mathematics, rather than many failing to develop the maths skills they need for the future.

Key features of our Maths Mastery curriculum:

  • High expectations for every child
  • Fewer topics, greater depth
  • Number sense and place value come first
  • Research -based curriculum
  • Objects and pictures always before numbers and letters
  • Problem solving is central
  • Calculate with confidence– understand why it works

Mathematics Mastery places emphasis on the cumulative mastery of essential knowledge and skills in mathematics. It embeds a deeper understanding of maths by utilising a concrete, pictorial, abstract approach so that pupils understand what they are doing rather than just learning to repeat routines without grasping what is happening.

How you can help at home

There are lots of ways to help to build your child's confidence in maths. There are many fun games and activities you can do with your child that practise maths skills. Most children love playing games and it's an easy way to support their learning.

Tips for helping your child to enjoy maths: 

  • Point out the different shapes to be found around your home.
  • Take your child shopping and talk about the quantities of anything you buy.
  • Let your child handle money and work out how much things cost.
  • Ask younger children to count all the coins in your purse or wallet.
  • Look together for numbers on street signs and car registration plates.
  • Look at house numbers and talk about odd and even.
  • Ask older children to work out the best special offer.
  • Look at clocks and tell the time. Talk about timings for cooking.
  • Learn how to recall times tables quickly.
  • Practice number recognition, numbers bonds to 10, 20 and 100
  • Practice times tables including their related division facts e.g. 2 x 3 = 6    6 ÷ 2 = 3

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Useful websites

Using online resources is a good way to get your child to practise their maths skills at home. The following websites have fun games and activities to help their learning. Why not try these?

http://mathszone.co.uk

www.sumdog.com

www.mathletics.co.uk

www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/maths-owl/fun-activities

www.mathplayground.com/games.html

 

How to learn your x tables

www.mathplayground.com/howto_learnmultfacts.html

www.amblesideprimary.com/ambleweb/mentalmaths/tabletrees.html

www.mathplayground.com/spaceracer_multiplication.html

www.oswego.org/ocsd-web/games/Ghostblasters1/gbcd.html

 

KS1 bitesize

www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/maths/

 

KS2 bitesize

www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/maths/

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Maths Methods

Click here for videos illustrating methods used in maths in the different year groups.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

 

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Maths Vocabulary

Click here for a list of vocabulary that pupils are expected to use and understand on a daily basis within their year group.

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