At Princefield First School mathematics is an essential part of the curriculum. As well as a core curriculum requirement, we aim to embed skills across the curriculum, with children having opportunities to apply their mathematical learning in real-life contexts. Mathematics is taught to every child, everyday, and shaped around the key outcomes expected from the New Curriculum 2014, which include a wide range of areas: number and place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, fractions, ratio and proportion, geometry – position and direction and properties of shape, statistics, algebra and measurement. In all sessions, the 3 key aims of the curriculum are emphasised: number facts and knowledge, reasoning and communication, and problem solving, to ensure the children leave us as positive, confident and secure mathematicians who are willing to persevere and think creatively.
The aims of the National Curriculum for mathematics are
- Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils 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.
Year Group detailed objectives can be found on
or a clear overview is provided in our school end of year booklet expectations.
Maths of the Day
At Princefield First School we have started to use Maths of the Day activities as part of our maths teaching time. Maths of the day activities develop mathematical skills through active learning. The learning is fun, activate and memorable. The children are learning and embedding maths objectives and at the same time increasing the amount of physical exercise they have. Maths of day will be launching active homework in March- more details will be shared in March.
Tips to Support Your Child with Maths
There are lots of things you can do to support your child at home! The most important thing to remember is that maths should be fun—we want children to enjoy what they are learning and feel confident in their own abilities. This will help them to be willing to “have a go”, even if they are not sure of something.
Maths is all around you and can be done little and often:
Discuss the shapes that you can see around the house or on a walk, talk about the properties that make them special.
Read the numbers that you see on signs—really good on a long drive on the motorway!
When shopping, ask children to work out the totals or the change you might get. Discuss what the cost would be if I had 2, 3 or 4 of something. They could also estimate the cost with a larger shop!
If cooking, ask the children to measure out the ingredients. Talk about the units they are using (e.g. grams for weight; millilitres for liquids) This also involves reading numbers!
Go out on a walk—count the number of cars or animals you see. You could make a graph of the data, ask questions about it, sort them in different ways.
It is also important that you do lots of work with numbers. Children need to have a secure understanding of numbers to achieve their best. These are just some ideas you could use to make the work fun and interesting:
- Ordering number cards on a washing line
- Encouraging children to use their number bonds to find change from 10p, 20p, 50p and £1
- Painting times tables arrays/patterns
- Matching pairs games (this could be times tables, number bonds, matching pictures to numbers or even shapes)
- Beat the calculator or parent—Who can find the answer to the question the quickest?
- Applying doubling and halving skills when cooking and using recipes
- Learning finger games and rhymes for times tables and number bonds
For children who have computer access at home, there are lots of games you can use on the computer. These are really good for motivating children who are less enthusiastic about written tasks:
Knowing your times tables is an important part of the mathematics curriculum
Advice & ideas for learning times tables
Times table websites
All children in Years 1-4 have Sumdog maths accounts, to help develop mental maths skills,
(or a FREE APP can be downloaded)
Please ask your child’s class teacher if they have not got a user name & password.
You can play against the computer, your friends or other children in the world!
As children play, they answer questions – each one personalised to that child’s needs. Meanwhile, Sumdog’s adaptive learning engine guides their progress. When your child first starts Sumdog you may find that the first questions set are below their ability level. After the first 200 questions Sumdog adapts and will increase the level of challenge.
You can create your own playing character. Try the fun maths games to be reward points to spend in the online store. What level will you reach? As children work, they progress through Sumdog’s animal ranks – a great motivation. The animals get rarer as the child progresses, so there’s a real incentive to collect the rarer ranks. We’ve given a little introduction to each one, so you can broaden your knowledge of zoology, too!
Finally the School Calculation policy will help you to support the strategies that we use in each year group when children are working with larger numbers.
Cross Curricular Maths Opportunities
To help develop mathematical skills, children will experience maths in many other curriculum subjects, this will develop their problem solving, thinking skills and let them see the ‘real life’ importance of mathematics.
Some examples are.
- measuring time, length, volume
- statistics – graphs/data collection
- statistics graphs/data
- directions including compass directions
- coordinates- map work
- statistics – graphs/data
Design & Technology (D&T)
- Calculations for perimeter etc.
Physical Education (PE)
- angles – link to gymnastics
- time measuring
- problem solving- tram activities
- counting beats
- time- duration of notes, musical pieces.
- phonemes in words (smallest unit of a sound)
- syllables in words
- pages numbers of books, contents & index.
- French numbers -> English numbers