For songs, chants and games to help with Maths take a look at our Maths Support page
Maths Co-ordinator – Mrs Vicky Bond
Link Governor – Mrs Alex Hire
Early Years Foundation Stage
In the Early Years Foundation Stage children access the area of learning; Mathematics through child choice and adult directed activities throughout the week.
In our Nursery setting, key mathematical skills are taught through small group, adult led activities as well as the children having access to resources and materials which reinforce those skills and allow child led exploration. Mathematical knowledge and concepts are taught indoors and in the outdoor learning environment, usually through a topic or theme, such as ‘Traditional Tales’.
In the Reception classes, once the children have settled into the setting there will be a taught Mathematics session 3 out of the 5 days. Throughout the week, all of the children will work with the teacher completing an adult directed activity, linked to the mathematical learning objective that week. In addition, there will be Mathematic based child choice activities for the children to access independently indoors and outdoors.
Children are assessed against the mathematical objectives set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum and this is recorded with photographs, text or videos in an electronic ‘Learning Book’. The children in Reception also have some of their work recorded in a maths book.
At Ravensmead Primary School the children are taught maths for 1 hour 15mins Monday – Thursday with short mental maths and arithmetic sessions included throughout the day elsewhere. The children are taught within their classes, with the children in upper key stage 2 being taught in sets. Wherever possible, the children are taught the objectives for the year group that they are in with teachers differentiating work to support the needs of the children and with a focus on deepening the children’s understanding in maths, rather than pushing them onto the objectives for the next year group.
The use of practical activities and links to real life is essential to the development of mathematical understanding and so we strive to make maths lessons as interactive and meaningful as possible at all times with teachers following the ‘Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract’ format within their teaching.
Assessment of maths takes place formally at the end of each year with the children completing standardised tests and Year 2 and Year 6 children taking part in the national tests (SATS). Alongside formal testing, teachers are continuously assessing what their children are doing in order to extend and consolidate learning, adapting and changing lessons and planning to support children’s development. At the end of the year teachers use their continuous assessment to support their judgements on how the children have achieved against their end of year expectations.
Our current, up to date Maths Teaching, Learning & Calculations Policy 2018 has been written in line with the new curriculum.
Children’s ‘I can…’ statements for each stage
Y3 ‘Bring a parent to school’ Maths workshop
On Tuesday 5th March and Wednesday 6th March, the children in year 3 had a ‘Bring a parent to school workshop.’ Each child brought an adult to school to take part in a maths lesson which has been designed by the children themselves.
The session started the same way as all of our maths lessons start, with some quick mental arithmetic questions and then of course joining in with the BBC Supermovers (with some parents being much more enthusiastic than others :-) ). The children and parents were then set a challenge – a times tables challenge, with the parents completing a test that the children complete each week to see who could score the highest.
Afterwards the children and adults rotated around 4 different maths activities including art, using the ipads, column addition and written multiplication.
A super morning was had by everyone and it was lovely to see the children and parents interacting and working together.