A high-quality mathematics education is about ensuring children are confident, skilled and resilient mathematicians who have the skills to make sense of the world around them.
Teaching and Learning
Throughout our Early Years Foundation Stage, mathematics teaching adheres to the expectations outlined in the Early Learning Goals within the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework.
In KS1 and KS2, Maths is taught in line with the requirements of the Jersey Curriculum. The Jersey Curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all children:
· become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that children develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
· 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.
We cover the full range of Maths areas specified in the Jersey Curriculum. This includes:
· Ratio and Proportion
What Does Maths Look Like At La Moye School?
In EYFS, we teach children in a ‘mastery’ way and focus on depth of learning rather than acceleration, ensuring children are secure in their understanding before moving on. This is achieved through group and class work along with ‘continuous provision’ where children can explore their learning in a structured way.
In KS1 and KS2, Maths is taught in line with the requirements of the Jersey Curriculum. Again, as Maths is a hierarchical subject, we adopt the principle of ‘teaching for mastery’ to ensure the child’s understanding is secure before moving their learning forward.
Key features of maths teaching and learning at La Moye School include:
· The expectation is that children will move through the programmes of study at broadly the same pace.
· Children who grasp concepts rapidly will be challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems and through depth of questioning.
· Physical objects are used in order for children to visualise the concept. Once children are able to solve problems using the concrete apparatus, we encourage them to draw it (pictorial) followed by being able to complete the problem using abstract methods.
· Students are given time to think deeply about the maths and really understand concepts at a relational level rather than as a set of rules or procedures.
· Children are encouraged to explain their mathematical thinking when solving a calculation.
· Children are encouraged to consider multiple ways to represent the problem and to solve it using the most efficient method.
The school follows a structured maths programme called ‘Maths No Problem’ from Years 1 to 6 that is based on the principles of gaining fluency and reasoning through hands on learning with equipment, pictorial representations and then abstract thinking (CPA Approach).
Mathematics is taught daily as a discrete subject but every effort is made to link Maths with other areas of the curriculum. In the Foundation Years, these links are especially evident because of the nature and structure of the planned day
In preparing children for the real world, we are aware of the role that Mental Maths skills plays and accordingly make every effort to ensure that our children are proficient at these. We teach and practise these skills on a regular basis. In addition, children are encouraged to use the online programmes called ‘Numbots’ and ‘Times Tables Rockstars’ to practise and improve these skills.
Our ultimate aim is to ensure our children not only have the mathematical skills needed for later life but also to promote confidence, competence, enjoyment, enthusiasm and a fascination about Maths itself through practical activities, exploration and discussion.
How Can I Support My Child With Maths At Home?
Developing a love of numbers and having good number sense is important if children are to become good mathematicians, in other words having the ability to use numbers confidently, flexibly and with good place value understanding. This will ultimately ensure they see patterns, relationships and make connections in their learning. Parents can help in a number of ways. Here are some ‘Top Tips For Parents’:
· Talk about math in a positive way. A positive attitude about math is infectious.
· Encourage persistence. Some problems take time to solve.
· Practice number bonds and times tables regularly.
· Encourage your child to experiment with different approaches to mathematics. There is often more than one way to solve a maths problem.
· Encourage your child to talk about and show a maths problem in a way that makes sense, eg) draw a picture or use practical objects.
· When your child is solving maths problems, ask questions such as: Why did you...? What can you do next? Do you see any patterns? Does the answer make sense? How do you know? This helps to encourage thinking about mathematics.
· Connect maths to everyday life and help your child understand how maths influences them, eg) shapes of traffic signs, walking distance to school, telling time, number plates.
· Play family maths games together that add excitement such as snakes and ladders, junior monopoly, bingo.
· Computers + math = fun! There are great computer maths games and apps available on the internet that you can discover with your child.
· Talk with your child’s teacher about difficulties he/she may be experiencing. When teachers and parents work together, children benefit.
Useful Websites To Support Maths At Home
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z6vg9j6 - Good for everything - cbeebies, bitesize, schools etc.
https://www.mathsisfun.com/games/index.html - fun games and explanations of mathematical concepts.
https://toytheater.com/category/math-games/ - Lots of fun maths games.
https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years/times-tables - Great for games and number sense.