Mathematics at St Paul’s Catholic Primary School
At St Paul’s Primary Catholic School we see maths as an essential life skill. We are committed to ensuring that children have a positive and meaningful experience of mathematics from Nursery to Year 6. The new mathematics curriculum offers a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
Progression in Calculations
At St Paul’s, we have compiled a policy which identifies and recognises that children need a range of strategies which are efficient, accurate and reliable. Through our carefully developed policy children are given many examples of strategies which enable them to access confidently and fluently. Many of these methods are somewhat different from what we were taught as children, so please feel free to come in and speak with a member of staff about the methods we are using.
Interventions and Boosters
At St Paul’s we monitor children’s progress regularly and carefully and identify support where it may be needed. This could be requiring more support in class alongside their peers, in small groups, 1 to 1 discussions with a teacher or regular small group intervention support.
So, how can parents and carers help their children?
- Help them to recall their number bonds to 10, 20 and 100 (5+5=10 2+8=10 etc.)
- Count, forwards and backwards to 100 starting from any given position
- Support them by practicing their times tables regularly
- Play board games like Snakes and Ladders, Monopoly, Top Trumps.
- Look at bus timetables, maps and positioning, co-ordinates
- Teach children how to tell the time – ask questions….What time is the TV programme you would like to watch? When does it start?......When does it finish? How long is it on for?
- Go shopping with real money….how much would 2 oranges cost? What will my change be?
- Let’s cook! Weighing out, measuring etc. How much more flour will I need? How much does the butter weigh?
Around theWorld Maths
At St Paul’s we always ensure that the children receive the best quality learning experiences. As a school we have recently purchased a whole-school maths programme which supports the teaching and learning of mathematics and meets the higher expectation of the 2014 National Curriculum.
Children will be using a ‘hands-on’ approach to mathematics. This will enable children to develop critical thinking skills, make mathematical connections and become confident mathematicians.
As part of this important process I would like to share with you some examples of our ‘INSPIRE Maths Zones’ you will see around the school. These areas are set up to encourage mathematical thinking and questioning but above all for children to have access to the ‘hands-on’ resources at all times.
As a school we launched 'INSPIRE Maths' with questions designed for each year group. Then using the 'hands-on' resources the children calculated their answers.