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William Shrewsbury Primary School
William Shrewsbury
Primary School
Learning and Growing Together

Maths

 

At William Shrewsbury we feel Maths is a key life skill. It involves confidence and competence with numbers and measures. We aim to give pupils an understanding of the number system and an ability to solve number problems in a variety of contexts. Maths also demands a practical understanding of the ways in which information is gathered by counting and measuring, and is presented in graphs, diagrams, charts and tables.

As a school we aim to develop positive learners who take pleasure in their mathematics.  Our learning consists of much more than the knowledge of a set of useful skills. It is a source of enjoyment, offering pupils intellectual stimulation and a sense of achievement.

Maths makes a considerable contribution to the whole curriculum as work in many areas and topics involve mathematical activities.

The school policy is matched to the requirements of The New National Curriculum (2014) and aims to develop fluency, reasoning and problem solving.

 

Key Topics taught

Key Stage 1 - Years 1 and 2

The main focus is to ensure that pupils develop confidence and mental fluency with whole numbers, counting and place value. This involves working with numerals, words and the 4 operations, including using practical resources.

At this stage, pupils will develop their ability to recognise, describe, draw, compare and sort different shapes and use the related vocabulary. Teaching involves using a range of measures to describe and compare different quantities such as length, mass, capacity/volume, time and money.

Please see the links at the bottom of the page for your child's maths targets for the year.

 

Lower Key Stage 2 - Years 3 and 4

The main focus is to ensure that pupils become increasingly fluent with whole numbers and the 4 operations, including number facts and the concept of place value. This will ensure that pupils develop efficient written and mental methods and perform calculations accurately with increasingly large whole numbers.

At this stage, pupils will develop their ability to solve a range of problems, including with simple fractions and decimal place value. Teaching will ensure that pupils draw with increasing accuracy and develop mathematical reasoning so they can analyse shapes and their properties, and confidently describe the relationships between them. Children will use measuring instruments with accuracy and make connections between measure and number.

By the end of year 4, pupils will have memorised their multiplication tables up to and including the 12 multiplication table and show precision and fluency in their work.

Pupils will read and spell mathematical vocabulary correctly and confidently, using their growing word-reading knowledge and their knowledge of spelling.

Please see the links at the bottom of the page for your child's maths targets for the year.

 

Upper Key Stage 2 - Years 5 and 6

The main focus is to ensure that pupils extend their understanding of the number system and place value to include larger integers. This will help develop the connections that pupils make between multiplication and division with fractions, decimals, percentages and ratio.

At this stage, pupils will develop their ability to solve a wider range of problems, including increasingly complex properties of numbers and arithmetic, and problems demanding efficient written and mental methods of calculation. With this foundation in arithmetic, pupils are introduced to the language of algebra as a means for solving a variety of problems. Teaching in geometry and measures will consolidate and extend knowledge developed in number. Teaching will also ensure that pupils classify shapes with increasingly complex geometric properties and that they learn the vocabulary they need to describe them.

By the end of year 6, pupils will be fluent in written methods for all 4 operations, including long multiplication and division, and in working with fractions, decimals and percentages.

Pupils will read, spell and pronounce mathematical vocabulary correctly.

Please see the links at the bottom of the page for your child's maths targets for the year.

See documents below that may be helpful.

http://www.mymaths.co.uk/parents

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years/counting

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/websites/4_11/site/numeracy.shtml

http://www.wordshark.co.uk/numbershark/numbershark-home-use.aspx