Since September 2018, we have started a new journey with our maths and we are adopting a new depth of learning approach. The foundations of this approach are the belief that all children should work together to become confident mathematicians, who are able to reason and solve problems by applying their knowledge in a range of situations.
All classes have two sessions of maths a day. One session that occurs in the morning is the lesson for the day. The lesson will focus on a learning objective from the age related expectation of that year group. Then in the afternoon, a Maths MOT (Maths on Track) meeting is held. The MOT will focus on a variety of things depending on the needs of the class and in some cases individual children. Items that may be covered in the MOTs include: pre-teaching of objectives, spending more time on learning objectives already taught, a focus of practising skills such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division as well as times table and division facts recalling and a focus on our instant recall facts.
Maths recall facts are a link between home and school learning, and are set out in our homework books for us to practise. Class teachers go through the expectations of these recall facts at least once a half term to ensure all children know what is required. We also use Mathletics for homework and occasionally to support our in class learning.
We encourage a growth mind-set throughout our school, and as such believe that all are able to succeed and be confident mathematicians.
This term (Summer Term 6 2019), we are putting a greater emphasis on encouraging our children to learn their times tables. We are introducing the “99 Club” as a way of giving children an incentive to do this. Within the children’s maths classes, each child will be given a club sheet to complete starting at the “10 Club” (KS1), which consists of 10 questions all the way up to “99 Club”, which has 99 questions. Children will need to complete each ‘Club’ sheet correctly twice before they can move on to the next ‘Club’ and these will be completed once a fortnight within the children’s maths classes. This will ensure that children become secure with their times tables facts or related division facts and the quick recall of these.
10 Club- Doubles up to double 10
11 Club- Repeated addition – 2, 5 and 10
22 Club- 2x, 5x, 10x tables
33 Club- 2x, 5x, 10x tables with division
44 Club- 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x, 8x, 10x tables
55 Club- 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x, 8x, 10x tables with division
66 Club- 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x, 6x, 7x, 8x, 9x, 10x, 11x, 12x
77 Club- 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x, 6x, 7x, 8x, 9x, 10x, 11x, 12x with division
88 Club- All times tables with division
99 Club- All times tables with division
Bronze Club - 105 questions based on all times tables with division
Silver Club - Up to 12 x 12, division, addition, subtraction, square numbers and square root
Gold Club - Up to 12 x 12, division, addition, subtraction, square numbers and square root, brackets and decimals
Expectations – KS 1 reach 33 club by end of Year 2, Year 3 reach 55 club by end of the year, Year 4 reach 77 club, Year 5 reach 88 club and Year 6 reach 99 club.
The examples below are for you to use at home to support your child/children.