Maths Leaders: Alison Stanley
Welcome to the maths page! This is the place to find out:
- What your children are learning
- What you can do to help
- Links to other websites
The mathematics curriculum changed for all primary schools in 2013. This new curriculum was designed to improve mathematical understanding for all children and was based on some of the fundamental ideas used in the highest performing jurisdictions in the world.
At the heart of the new curriculum, is the belief that we can all learn mathematics if we have good teaching, appropriate resources, we put in the effort and have a 'can do' attitude. (See our page on growth mindset).
In line with higher performing jurisdictions, the new curriculum encourages the class to all work on the same content. However, some children may need additional support to understand the learning and some others, who understand quickly, should be challenged to reach a deeper level of understanding, rather than move into the next year's content. For example, if a Year 2 child is grasping the Year 2 content quickly, they should be challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems, before considering any Year 3 content.
It should be noted that the new content is far more challenging than the previous curriculum.
How you can help at home
The best way you can help your child is to be positive about maths! Reasoning and problem solving are at the heart of mathematics ; try and talk through your own reasoning when you are solving day to day problems e.g. working out quantities of food needed for dinner / a tea party, what time to leave home to get to a appointment, what is the new price after the 20% sale?
Try to encourage your children to become fluent with basic number facts as this will really help their mathematics learning. Our new fluency cards give lots of specific ideas for you to try with your child.
The links below give more detailed information about ways in which you can help your children, including links to websites. Oxford Owl website gives lots of support specifically for parents. The Sumdog website provides a really fun way for children to practise skills. The Times Tables Rock Stars website helps children to learn their times tables facts in a very motivating way. If your child has lost their login(s), please contact Sue Smith.