Mathematics

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Mathematics Policy

Calculation Policy - Year 1 and Year 2

Calculation Policy - Years 3 to 6

 

At St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Primary School, we want to make mathematics fun and relevant while ensuring all children have the chance to excel in this subject. We believe a high-quality mathematics education provides 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 maths.

We want all our students to:

  • 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
  • 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.

 

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Teachers at St Joseph’s plan and teach high-quality lessons which support the children’s learning and understanding through the use of the C-P-A approach, meaning teachers ensure children have the opportunity to use practical resources and visual representations to develop a secure understanding of concepts, which allows them to then move in to the abstract. Year 2 to 6 teachers plan using objectives from the National Curriculum. While teachers in Nursery through to Year 1 also follow the National Curriculum, they do this using the Mathematics Mastery programme. All classes have a one hour lesson in the morning. Classes who teach Mathematics Mastery also have and a short ‘Maths Meeting’ at a separate point in the day to reinforce key ideas and develop their recall of key facts and mental mathematics.

Mathematics is organised into the following areas; number and place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, fractions and decimals, measurement, geometry and statistics. They have opportunities to apply their understanding in other areas of the curriculum, and solve increasingly sophisticated problems.

In Key Stage 2 (Years 3 to 6) all children learn to follow a standard procedure for the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division). Details of these can be found in our Mathematics Policy and Calculation Policies.


Supporting your child with Mathematics

There are many ways you can help your child at home to reinforce their learning from class. Essential elements of Mathematics are:

  • Quick recall of multiplication facts (depending on year group expectations). Below are a list of online multiplication games and other online maths resources that your child will enjoy to play.
  • Quick recall of number bonds to 20 (by end of year 3). The importance of these cannot be underestimated or over emphasised as they are transferrable to addition and subtraction and other maths calculations.

If you have any questions regarding supporting your child with Mathematics, please do not hesitate to contact Ms O'Driscoll (Mathematics Subject Leader) via the school office.