Hello and Welcome to our page about how we learn Maths here at St Thomas More!
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.
(Your child should have a log in and password- if you are unsure about this, please see your child’s class teacher who can get this for you)
Click HERE for Year group learning objectives (jigsaws).
Click HERE for our Maths Instant Recall Facts.
Other maths websites that you may find useful:
Interactive maths games with quick fire questions on number bonds, times tables, doubling and halving, multiples, division facts and square numbers.
Features short, high quality instruction videos and practice on almost any maths skill! (Plus other subjects too.) All resources are available free to users of the website. The website and its content are provided mainly in English, but are also available in other languages, including Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Russian, Turkish, French, Bengali, and Hindi.
The Family Maths Toolkit is full of ideas to help parents, families and children aged 13 and under enjoy everyday maths activities together. The site also offers resources to help teachers support family engagement with children’s maths learning.
Maths teaching research and practical tasks; resonates with our growth mindset focus at school.
The Nrich Maths Project Cambridge, England provides mathematics resources for children, parents and teachers to enrich learning. Includes problems, children’s solutions, inter activities, games, articles and news.