Long Grove Road, Epsom, Surrey, KT19 8TF

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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.

 

HOMEWORK   

  • 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.

 

Resources

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.