For any parents who are unsure of how to use the website MyMaths (one of the many platforms that we use at school to support Maths learning), I have made a short tutorial video to support using this platform at home. I hope you find it useful.
Maths Subject Leaders: Mrs Sarah Ward and Miss Lizzie Cowell
In Maths at Oak Tree Primary School, we aim:
- To help children to perceive Mathematics as a fascinating subject that has a real and practical importance in everyday life.
- To enable children to become confident, fluent and efficient mathematicians.
- To provide children with an understanding of the number system and a range of computational skills.
- To promote the inclination and ability to solve number problems in a variety of contexts, whilst also developing their reasoning and communication skills using correct mathematical vocabulary.
- To promote practical understanding of how information is gathered and presented.
- To secure high standards in mathematics through effective teaching and learning.
It should be clear through teaching and learning that the depth of understanding is more important than acceleration through the curriculum.
Year Group Expectations
At Oak Tree Primary School, children should be taught according to year group expectations set out within the 2014 National Curriculum. An emphasis will be placed on children ‘mastering’ the mathematical concepts set out within their year group expectations, rather than being introduced to new content from another year group.
Aims of the National Curriculum for Maths
The National Curriculum for Mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:
• become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils have conceptual understanding and are able to recall and apply their knowledge rapidly and accurately to problems
• reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
• can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
Mental Maths and Times Tables
Learning number and multiplication facts is a vital part of any child’s mathematical development. Children at Oak Tree Primary School need to be able to recall number and multiplication facts in any order and also to derive associated division facts. The expectations for each year group are set out in the 2014 National Curriculum.
Mental Maths and arithmetic skills and/or Times Tables will be taught within the daily Maths lesson, and regular testing will be used to monitor progress. Children from Y2-Y6 will have weekly Demon Tables tests to monitor their progress throughout the year. Children in Y1 complete weekly Star Bonds assessments to ensure there is progression in their learning of number bonds within 20.