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Maths @ Ecclesfield

The Maths Curriculum is delivered using the 2014 National Curriculum and the Early Learning Goals are used to ensure that there is progression and continuity from the Foundation stage through to Year 6.  The children here at Ecclesfield have a really positive attitude towards maths and are always keen to move their learning forward.  We are often asked if we can give parents some information about the ways that maths is taught in school.  Within each year group there are new challenges and targets for the children to meet.  As the children progress they learn new methods to calculate answers to problems and develop their problem solving skills by working in lots of different ways.  We hope that you find the following information helpful.  If you have any further queries, questions for suggestions then please feel free to get in touch with Miss Smith or your child's class teacher.

 

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Targets for each year group

These are the current expectations for each of the year groups in school. The leaflet identifies the end of year expectations for an average child. It is important that the children are working towards the end of year expectation and are challenged to use their mathematical skills in a variety of real life problem solving situations and investigations.

Reception

Year One

Year Two

Year Three

Year Four

Year Five

Year Six       

Progression in Calculation

During your child's time at Ecclesfield, they will continually develop their number skills and ability to solve problems with increasing complexity.  The strategies used to solve problems also need developing to take into account larger numbers, more steps to solve the problem and a greater degree of independence.  We have included separate documents for each of the calculation operations.  These show the progression of calculation rather than the curriculum year.  If you are unsure which strategy your child is using then please feel free to talk to the class teacher.  Obviously, children are at different stages or learning and therefore different strategies will be taught within each year group.
       

        Progression in Written Calculation 

Other Aspects of Maths

In addition to developing calculation skills the children will also work on geometry, statistics and fractions.  The skills involved are often cross curricula, meaning that the learning can take on a 'real' meaning.  Data work often links closely to science and ICT, whereas spatial aspects can link closely to geography, PE and design and technology.

How can parents help at home?

Children spend a greater proportion of their time at home and so the input that you as parents have is invaluable. Times tables, money and time telling are all life skills that have a direct link to the work we do in school. Children often find these elements of maths difficult and so ‘real’ situations at home really help!


Times Tables Challenges

The new National Curriculum from 2014 states in regards to maths:

 

•    By the end of year 4, pupils should be able to recall multiplication and division facts for multiplication tables up to 12x12

•    There is no longer be a separate calculator paper in Key Stage 2 SATs so mental calculations are gaining even greater prominence in primary schools.

 

These changes mean it is important for the children to learn their times tables facts and to be able to recall them quickly and accurately.  To support their learning of times tables have introduced the Times Table Challenge in school for years 3, 4, 5 & 6. There are five awards to complete: Bronze, Silver, Gold, Elite, Einstein

 

The children will take this home and will complete it as part of their maths home learning. To progress onto the next award, your child needs to complete a timed five or ten minute (depending on their stage) test which will be given once a week during mathematics and achieve full marks three times. The reason for the limited time is to ensure children are doing a mental calculation rather than working it out with support. Once an award has been completed, your child will then be given the opportunity to master their times table knowledge by attempting the PLUS awards. Here children will look at using their ‘inverse’ knowledge of division. It is also important that children understand the relationship between multiplication and division and by knowing their times table facts they can use them to help solve division questions and become an Ecclesfield MASTER Mathematician!  


A fantastic way to support your child at home is to encourage them to use Times Tables Rock Stars. This is an online resource that each child has an individual login to access. Through quick fire questions they are able to build upon their multiplication knowledge. Times Tables Rock Stars is able assess which multiplications your child needs more support with and alter their questions to individually suit. The questions will get harder as children gain more knowledge and confidence in their abilities. As well as quick fire questions, the website also has a number of games children can play to make learning and practising times tables fun.

Remember, times tables can be practiced anywhere – in the car, at the supermarket and even after breakfast! 


Interactive Opportunities for Maths

All the children at Ecclesfield have individual logins and usernames for the Purple Mash learning platform and Mathletics, Key Stage 2 children also have RM Maths passwords and usernames.  These are fully interactive, safe and accessible learning platforms that are available from home and school.  There are lots of maths activities and games available to develop quick mental skills and support the maths curriculum in a fun way.  Please feel free to use the links from the website to access both of these resources easily. If your child has mislaid their personal information please ask your class teacher for a reminder.  There are other websites available for children via search engines on the internet but, as always, we recommend that the children are supervised whilst using the internet.