Maths at Eliot Bank
Maths at Eliot Bank is a real success story. We believe that a high quality education in Maths not only provides vital tools for understanding the world around us but also helps develop broader problem solving skills 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. In each year group , the children will become confident with a set of age-specific ‘Basic Skills’ that teachers come back to time and time again across the year. As the children become fluent in these aspects they have more thinking space to tackle more complicated maths concepts
In addition, we are encouraging our children to become confident problem solvers. We offer a range of opportunities to apply their mathematical knowledge to a range of contexts. 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. The children are encouraged to explain their understanding and are challenged to show their ability to be systematic, logical, to be able to find all the possibilities and to discover the rules and patterns that support their conjectures. You will see ‘reasoning bubbles’ throughout our maths books: by asking the pupils to apply what they know, to what is unknown and to articulate their reasoning, the children demonstrate the depth of their understanding of the key concepts and procedures.
Andrea Osmond, Maths Team Leader
Year Group Standards & Expectations
Throughout the year, your child’s attainment will be judged against the criteria set out in the year group-equivalent Standard and Expectations. This on-going judgement will identify what children have achieved and what they need to do next. Use the links below to view and download the year group expectations for Maths.
Basic Skills & Calculation Policy
We have drawn up a set of age-specific ‘Basic Skills’ that teachers come back to time and time again across the year. 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.
Our Maths Calculation Policy sets out the mental and written calculation methods taught in each year group for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
Supporting Your Child At Home
To support our teaching of maths Eliot Bank uses subscription-based services:
Mathletics: Mathletics is the engaging online math program made for hybrid classrooms and home learning. Teachers will set fun practice and fluency activities that challenge pupils thinking with problem-solving.
Class Teachers will assign maths homework via the Mathletics system
Numbots: Numbots is an online platform for boosting addition and subtraction skills. By playing little and often will significantly improve your child’s recall and understanding of number bonds and addition and subtraction facts. These are critical foundations in maths so we are excited by the impact Numbots will have.
Times Tables Rockstars: When it comes to times tables, speed AND accuracy are important – the more facts your child remembers, the easier it is for them to do harder calculations. Times Table Rock Stars is a fun and challenging programme designed to help students master the times tables!
For more home learning resources have a look at our Home Learning Resources page.