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Maths

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Maths

We all use maths every day, even if that's not what we call it. We check our change at the shops, work out how expensive the new sofa will be and decide when we need to leave the house to get to the train station. At the other end of the spectrum, brilliant scientists are using maths to send astronauts into space and much, much more.

We provide a maths curriculum to encourage children to enjoy maths, to help them to feel secure to have a go at problem solving and, most importantly, help them to see how this learning is applied to real life situations so they will be able to use the skills they've learned when they grow up.

 

Foundation Stage

 

Children are supported to develop their understanding of Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy in a broad range of contexts in which they can explore, enjoy, learn, practise and talk about their developing understanding.

For more information please visit the EYFS Curriculum link.

Key Stage One and Two

The teaching and learning aims of the Mathematics Curriculum at East Cowton and Kirkby Fleetham School follow three strands:

-         Fluency

-         Mathematical Reasoning

-         Problem solving

Space Mission Instant Recall Facts (SMIRFS)

All the children at East Cowton and Kirkby Fleetham are on the Space Mission Instant Recall Facts (SMIRFS). To be instant recall, children are expected to be able to recall the facts within 3 seconds. Children are given daily opportunities in school to work on their mental maths, either working on times tables or on strategies to support them in solving mental calculations as a class. They are also set personal targets to progress on the mission, which they practise in school on a regular basis.

 

Click here to view the Space Mission Instant Recall Facts

 

Calculation Methods

We have a consistent approach to the use of written calculation methods (see ‘calculation policy’) which is designed to give children accurate and efficient methods with which to tackle more complex problems.

Problem Solving & Reasoning

We provide rich and challenging problem solving and reasoning activities in mathematics lessons. The activities build on the knowledge children have and the different methods they might use. They deepen and broaden problem solving skills, which include thinking skills and also mathematical knowledge. The problems provide opportunities for discussion and communication, and encourage originality. The children are encouraged to give reasons for their opinions, making deductions, using precise language to explain what they think, making judgements and decisions informed by reasons and evidence.

How can you help?

  • Help your child practice their SMIRFS targets at home – a few minutes a day is all you need
  • Insist that numbers are written the correct way round
  • Support your child with their maths homework, play maths games with them on SUMDOG and enjoy maths together 
  • Talk to your child about maths, get them to explain the mathematical calculations they use and how they achieved their answer 

 

For further information about Mathematics in our schools, please contact our Mathematics Subject Leader Marie Mann.

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