Maths at Southfield Park
At Southfield Park our aims in teaching mathematics are that children will:
- Find mathematics an enjoyable and exciting challenge, providing a sense of achievement at appropriate levels.
- Develop inquisitive minds, and an ability to question and explain using appropriate mathematical vocabulary
- Be fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics and apply skills and knowledge, with confidence, speed and accuracy, to solve real life problems.
Each ‘Learning Journey’ (unit of work) includes a Central Question which:
- Gives the children a context for the mathematical skills they are learning within that unit.
- Enables children to work towards solving this particular problem by the end of the unit.
- Promotes independent learning.
- Encourages children to solve open ended problems in a variety of ways.
- Gives many valuable opportunities for self and teacher assessment throughout.
- Links different areas of Maths where appropriate within a Learning Journey.
Fluency, Reasoning and Problem Solving:
- Building upon key skills and methods across the year (see calculation policy).
- Developing the correct mathematical language appropriate for the year group.
- Working and presenting maths in different ways, encouraging children to use the most efficient methods and to ‘think outside the box’ when reasoning mathematically.
- Challenging independent work with flexible grouping.
- Providing opportunities for collaboration.
- Use of maths resources in the classroom which can support and enhance learning.
- Maths linked to current topics and making cross-curricular links where possible.
In Key Stage 2 – Timestable Olympics:
In Year 3 to 6 children take part in the ‘Times Table Olympics’ – these are short fortnightly assessments to test their timetables knowledge and children have the opportunity to win Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum ‘medals.’ These tests enable children to self-assess and pin point particular tables which need additional practice and then to extend their timestables knowledge to solve problems involving place value.
- Children from Year 1 to Year 6 take part in a weekly mental maths challenges. In addition to/instead of this, children might also complete a fortnightly ‘Arithmetic Paper’ to test their fluency skills.
- In Years 2 and 3 children will have mathematical challenges as part of their ‘Take 10’ folder homework.
- In Years 4 to 6 children will have some additional mathematical homework when appropriate.
- Year 3-6 complete Timestable Olympics on a fortnightly basis.
Please find below the Calculation Policy which explains in more detail the different methods and strategies for numbers which we use in each year group.