Maths at South Kilworth
At South Kilworth C of E Primary our aim is to develop lifelong mathematicians who are curious and use maths skills as a foundation for understanding the world around them. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. We want pupils to recognise the importance of having a deep understanding which is achieved by investigating and exploring mathematical concepts.
We use the White Rose scheme as a basis to plan our daily mathematics lessons. These schemes provide teachers with exemplification for maths objectives and are broken down into fluency, problem solving and reasoning, key aims of the National Curriculum. We also use Active Maths to ensure that we teach some of our sessions through physical activities. Children are encouraged to use sentence stems to help them explain their thinking.
The National Curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils:
become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practise with increasing 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 into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions
Our maths teaching and learning is underpinned by the following key messages:
Everyone can learn maths
Mistakes help us to learn; never be afraid to make mistakes
Asking great questions deepens our understanding
Maths is about being creative and making connections
Maths is about being fluent and flexible
Understanding maths is much more important than how fast you are
The steps that you take when finding the answer are just as important as the answer itself.
(Messages developed by Jo Boaler Professor of Mathematics Education, Stanford University)
Alongside daily mathematic sessions morning maths activities are used to revisit previous learning.
Multiplication Tables Check
From 2019-2020 academic year onwards, schools in England will be required to administer an online multiplication tables check (MTC) to year 4 pupils. The purpose of the MTC is to determine whether pupils can recall their times tables fluently, which is essential for future success in mathematics. To support children with their multiplication practise we use ‘Times Table Rockstars’ as an online and fin learning platform.
The White Rose coverage for each class can be found below:
Year 2 / Year 3
Tall Oaks Class
MATHS IS AN IMPORTANT LIFE SKILL
Captain Tom - 100 Challenge. On Friday 30th April we honoured Captain Tom (on what would have been his 101st birthday) by completing challenges based around 100.
His simple message of hope – “Tomorrow will be a good day” – inspired millions around the world and brought comfort and joy to so many during the pandemic.
In March 2020 Natwest visited our school and completed MoneySense Workshops teaching the children about buying, selling and budgeting!
In February 2020 we had visitors who talked about maths in their profession.