Maths is a core subject and therefore is taught every day as a discrete lesson. It is also taught within other subjects such as science and through our topic themes.
You can view the National Curriculum 2014 document, which includes the programmes of study for mathematics for each year group here.
At Christ Church, mathematics is taught using a concrete, pictorial, abstract approach. That is to say each piece of maths is first taught using concrete materials (blocks, counters, beads, cubes etc., then picture representations of those concrete materials, and then finally abstract symbols. In the summer term of 2016, with the financial support of the PTA. we purchased Inspire Maths textbooks to support this approach to the teaching of maths.
Inspire Maths is a transformational, whole-school approach, to raising pupils’ achievement in maths. The programme of resources is built upon the internationally acclaimed approach to teaching mathematics in Singapore.
Inspire Maths has also been selected by the Department for Education and National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics for the Year 1 textbook project running in 34 maths hubs nationwide. The Maths Hubs programme brings together mathematics education professionals in a collaborative national network of 35 hubs, each locally led by an outstanding school or college. Maths Hubs harness all maths leadership and expertise within an area, to develop and spread excellent practice, for the benefit of all pupils and students – a great endorsement for the programme.
So how does it work in the classroom?
Inspire Maths uses accessible pupil textbooks which introduce concepts in a highly scaffolded (supported) way, enabling all our children to develop critical thinking skills, make mathematical connections and become confident mathematicians. Inspire Maths builds firm foundations and a deep understanding of mathematical concepts through a concrete-pictorial-abstract approach. This was explained in detail at the Parents Information session in February 2017. For a full copy of the presentation click Inspire Maths Meeting Powerpoint, or for the briefer handout click here. Regular information meetings for new parents will be held in the future.
The Pupil Textbooks provide a scaffolded introduction to each new learning objective. The guided practice activities which appear in the textbooks are then completed in children’s maths journals.
Next come the children’s Practice Books. These provide carefully structured questions to reinforce concepts introduced in the Pupil Textbooks.
Clearly structured activities develop fluency, build mathematical confidence and lead towards a greater depth of understanding.
At the end of each unit of work the children complete their assessment. The Assessment Books form a comprehensive, rigorous assessment tool. They support teachers to assess children’s understanding of concepts and create a record of individual progress.
The assessments are used to quickly identify gaps in learning for immediate intervention and opportunities for further practice, challenge or enrichment. For our children they provide an opportunity to self-reflect, celebrate success and build confidence.
If you would like to see how another primary school has implemented Inspire Maths, then please watch this clip about Lofthouse Gate Primary school’s journey so far.
Children in Year 2 and Year 6 take part in statutory assessments (SATs) for Mathematics at the end of the year; these results are reported to the government and are available on our results page.
How to help your child at home
In order to be a confident, efficient and accurate mathematician you need to have core number facts at your fingertips.
These core number facts include such things as:
- addition and subtraction facts for all number that make 10 e.g. 7+3==10 and their inverse subtraction facts
- numbers that make 20 e.g. 18+2=20 and the inverse subtraction facts;
- addition and subtraction facts for all number to 20 e.g. 18+5=23, 5+18=23, 23-18=5, 23-5=18,
- complements that make multiples of 10 e.g. 25+45=70;
- times tables to 12×12 and their inverse division facts e.g. 6×9=54, 9×6=54, 54÷9=6, 54÷6=9
Suggestions about how you can help your child at home and the key number facts they need to learn and how you might help them learn them are sent home as part of our each class’s homework letter each half term. They can be found on each of the class pages on this website.
Useful Documents for Mathematics
Click below to access home activities to support your child in their Maths learning:
Inspire Maths Home Activities Year 1 im1_home_activities
Inspire Maths Home Activities Year 2 im2_home_activities
Inspire Maths Home Activities Year 3 im3_home_activities
Inspire Maths Home Activities Year 4 im4_home_activities
Inspire Maths Home Activities Year 5 im5_home_activities
Inspire Maths Home Activities Year 6 im6_home_activities
Useful Websites for Mathematics
Times tables Tips for Parents
Y2 Assessment information for parents
Thinking Blocks Problem Solving
M@ths Zone maths games for children
Topmarks –General Maths games
Topmarks – Hit the Button, times tables practise