At St. Peter’s we strive for our children to engage in a mathematical curriculum that is both challenging and enjoyable. Teachers provide a variety of mathematical opportunities enabling learners to develop as confident and fluent mathematicians, whilst applying their learning in order to reason and solve problems. Children who are fluent with number bonds and times tables can quickly apply this knowledge in a range of calculations. Indeed many mathematical ideas are also applied to science and other areas of the curriculum.
To enable parents to support their child with mathematics, and to provide an overview of the how calculations are taught in each year group across the school, we have produced a calculation policy which was shared with parents in 2019. You can find out more about the four main operations, and how these are taught progressively across the school, by downloading the 'Supporting Your Child with Mathematics' leaflet also found at the bottom of the page.
The school also has subscriptions to a variety of online resources to support pupils in their learning. From Year 1, pupils have access to MyMaths where they are sometimes asked to complete weekly homework tasks. This site also provides additional materials such as tutorials which may be useful in helping parents to support their child.
To support fluency in number bonds in Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2), we have recently introduced Numbots. This is a structured programme which moves pupils progressively through calculating strategies. Pupils are able to move onto the next stage once their knowledge is judged as fluent and consistent. Once knowledge is secure, challenge activities can be unlocked which give pupils the opportunity to practise calculations in timed activities.
From the end of Year 2 and into Key Stage 2 (Years 3, 4, 5 and 6), pupils use Times Tables Rockstars to support them in becoming fluent in their times table knowledge. Similar to Numbots, class teachers choose a starting point for each child in this programme and are able to monitor their progress.
There are many other online games and activities that can support pupils in their aquasition of mathematical skills and knowledge. Pupils are often directed to the Hit The Button website – this is a free site accessed online. You can find our more about homework, reading, phonics and spelling on separate pages on our website.