Maths at Eliot Bank is a real success story. It is a core aspect of our curriculum and is taught daily in every year group. We have for some time been aware of the importance of the children being fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics.
Therefore, when we reconsidered our provision in light of the New Curriculum (2014) we drew up a set of age-specific ‘Basic Skills’ that teachers come back to time and time again across the year.
In addition, we are encouraging our children to become confident problem solvers. We offer a range of opportunities to apply their mathematical knowledge, to show their ability to be systematic, logical, to be able to find all the possibilities and to find the rules and patterns that support their conjectures. By working collaboratively, trying different strategies and approaches, they develop the skills of perseverance and resilience, as well as recognising the importance of working as a team.
It is also important for the children at Eliot Bank to be able to reason mathematically. This is often evidenced in our problem solving, although you will see ‘reasoning bubbles’ throughout our maths books. These are used as opportunities to stretch our able mathematicians: by asking them to apply and explain their understanding they can demonstrate real rigour and depth of knowledge.
Kate Angyalova, Maths Team Leader
We have drawn up a set of age-specific ‘Basic Skills’ that teachers come back to time and time again across the year. These are included here should you wish to see the detail, but in short they include; mental strategies for adding and subtracting ,division and multiplication, number bonds, times tables and fraction facts. We would encourage all parents to help their children master these skills by regular practice at home.
Maths Calculation Policy
We hope you will find this page helpful to find out how Mathematics is taught across the school and how you can support your child in their learning at home.
Our Maths Calculation Policy sets out the mental and written calculation methods taught in each year group for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
Throughout the year, your child’s attainment will be judged against the criteria set out in the year group-equivalent Standard. This on-going judgement will identify what children have achieved and what they need to do next.
Supporting Your Child At Home
If you would like to encourage your child to practise their math skills at home suggest they have a got at one one of our Maths Problems.
If your child is in Year 1 to 6 encourage them to use the Mathletics Log-On to access Games and apps in the Mathletics Play area. Games are designed to test the speed and accuracy of their maths skills.