Why Teach Mathematics?
Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore 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 the subject.
We are very proud of the changes we've already made to our maths curriculum this year. Have a look below, to find out about our new initiatives, resources and opportunities for all.
Numicon and Multi-Sensory
The Multi-Sensory approach to maths uses a wide range of practical equipment to give your child a greater understanding of number ideas and relationships. This proves to be essential for success in maths.
Staff and children have enjoyed learning about different Numicon resources.
Numicon, other practical resources and visual images are now an active part of children's learning in school.
What is Numicon?
‘Numicon is a maths teaching programme that uses a series of structured images to represent numbers. Children enjoy the numicon approach, which plays to their strong sense of pattern’ www.numicon.com
All classes in EYFS and KS1/LKS2 have a Multi-Sensory Maths area – this may include Numicon or other mathematical equipment. The children have continual access to the challenge areas throughout the day and are encouraged to independently choose maths equipment wherever possible. Numicon is also featured in the school’s Calculation Policy.
STOPS Problem Solving (Sequenced Teaching of Problem Solving)
As part of our current research-based school development plan (KAR – Key Areas of Research) all year groups take part in a weekly STOPS lesson. Children are taught all known strategies, to help them tackle problem solving/reasoning questions with independence and confidence. There are nine strategies in total:
Act it out – Physically act out (in KS1) and/or draw out (in KS2) the situation presented in the maths problem
Trial and Error – Trial different answers until the correct one is found
Trial by improvement – Remove possible answers, until the correct answer remains. This strategy also helps children decide which pieces of information are important
List or Table – Solve problems by writing the information in an organised list or table. This allows children to discover relationships and patterns within the data
Find a Pattern – Look for patterns in the data, in order to solve the problem. Children will look for items or numbers that are repeated, or a series of events that repeat
Simplify – Often used alongside other strategies. When a problem is too complex to solve in one step, it often helps to divide it into simpler problems and solve each separately
Working Backwards – Starting at the answer, the children develop a strategy that leads them to the solution by working back through the process
Algebra – If the problem involves numbers and number operations. A maths sentence or expression with numbers or symbols (such as an equation) can help make the solution clearer.
Bar Modelling – Bar models are used to show pictorial representations of problems or concepts that can be used for any of the operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. In word problems, bar models hold the huge benefit of helping children decide which operations to use or visualise the problems
Times Tables Rockstars
To develop mental skills we take part in TTRS every morning. The children have made huge improvements in mental fluency, since September - well done everyone!
What is TT Rockstars?
In either paper form or online, Times Tables Rock Stars is a carefully sequenced programme of daily times tables practice.
Each of the five, daily, challenges concentrate on a different times table, with a recommended consolidation week for rehearsing the tables that have recently been practiced every third week or so.
This format has very successfully boosted times tables recall speed for hundreds of thousands of pupils over the last 7 years in over 4500 schools - both primary and secondary - worldwide.
What are the benefits of TT Rockstars?
- Incorrect answers are immediately corrected, so the children start to associate the correct answer to every question.
- When playing online, the website works out which times tables facts each child is consistently taking longer to answer and then it gradually starts to present these facts more frequently until the children have mastered them.
Follow the link below, to find out more.
Summary of maths successes
- Staff training on Times Tables Rock Stars, STOPS Problem Solving, Bar Modelling and Numicon, Rods and Tracks
- Set up accessible practical resources in classrooms to support pupils’ independence and confidence
- Introduced TTRS and STOPS to our pupils
- Engaged with other schools in our cluster in methods of Mastery
- Taken part in training for ‘Deepening Understanding of Number’ for EYFS through the Maths Hub
- Visited a school outside our cluster to learn about workshops teaching Maths in EYFS in gender groups
- Updated our Maths and Calculations Policies (to be ratified by Govs, Feb 2018)
Pool CE Primary Calculation Policy 2018 - Addition Calculation Policy 2018/2019 Pool CE Primary Calculation Policy 2018 - Subtraction Policy 2018/2019 Maths Policy 2018 - explains why, when and how we teach maths at Pool. Maths Newsletters 2018-2019 Maths Newsletters 2017-2018