Mathematics at Booth Wood
Mathematics is an essential tool for everyday life. It is a whole network of concepts and relationships which provide a way of viewing and making sense of the world. Maths is used to analyse and communicate information and ideas and to tackle a range of practical tasks and real life problems.
Here at Booth Wood, we support our children to:
The maths curriculum is based on the Mathematics Programmes of Study for Key Stages1 and 2 as set out in the National Curriculum in England. A primary focus is to make rich connections between different areas of maths. The curriculum encourages a clear focus on problem solving, investigating and the skills of using and applying mathematical understanding.
At Booth Wood, considerable importance is attached to the children achieving and understanding mathematical processes, concepts and skills. An enthusiastic and positive attitude is encouraged by all staff by presenting maths in an interesting and enjoyable way, allowing the children to actively participate in the learning process, thus creating a sense of achievement and confidence. There is a strong emphasis on the development of mental arithmetic and giving opportunities for pupils to use and apply mathematics in real life situations.
In Foundation Stage, mathematics is taught to the children through both teacher led and child initiated activities. It is consolidated through practical “hands on” experiences, games, ICT opportunities, group tasks, investigations and a range of real life contexts which develop both mathematical understanding and problem solving skills.
During key stage 1 and 2, maths is taught through a daily mathematics lesson which follows the principles of the new National Curriculum. In order that progress is achieved at the optimum pace for each child, maths is taught in a whole class setting, with activities appropriately differentiated for each group of children. Each activity is closely and carefully matched to their ability. Teaching and support staff are deployed effectively to ensure all children reach their potential. Ability groups in each class are always of a fluid nature in order that children are able to move either to the next group up for extension and challenge of their skills, or to the next group down to consolidate their learning. Wherever possible, children are encouraged to choose their own level of challenge for each individual lesson. They challenge themselves to be the best that they can be. Class teachers also plan for opportunities to develop and apply key mathematical skills throughout a variety of foundation subjects.
We closely monitor and assess the progress of all our children to ensure they are all on track to reach their potential. Maths booster classes are utilised both within school time and after the school day to consolidate children’s learning and also to extend them in their knowledge and understanding.
Our Times Table Superhero Challenge is an excellent initiative, used in both key stages 1 and 2, to support children in developing their mental maths skills. During these sessions, staff support children in learning specific multiplication and division facts by teaching a variety of mental strategies. When the children are competent in all their times tables, they are challenged through tricky mental maths questions based at upper KS2 level and beyond.
Websites to support children’s learning in maths are many and varied. Some recommended sites are listed below.
Times Tables Games
These games help make learning times tables fun!
Exciting fun games suitable for Early Years and KS1 children.
An excellent website including games and activities for a variety of maths topics for Early Years, KS1 and KS2 children.
Woodlands Junior School – Maths section
Lots of fun activities and games for a wide range of maths topics and ages.
KS1 Bitesize Maths
Fun games that help KS1 children practise a variety of maths skills.
KS2 Bitesize Maths
Fun games that help KS2 children practise a variety of maths skills.
A variety of games to develop your child’s maths skills whatever their age.
BBC School Radio
A variety of maths audio resources specifically focussing on helping children develop their mental maths skills.
The Little Animals Activity Centre
An exciting way for 4-8 year olds to learn at home while having fun.
BBC – Number Time
A wide range of games, activities, videos, advice and songs for children aged 4-7 and their parents.
Cool Maths for Kids
Lots of maths games where the emphasis is on fun!
Active Learn Primary
Teachers will set maths homework through this website that links to the work being carried out during the week. The children will also be able to use their login to play games and activities to practise their maths skills. The school code is ‘bwps’.
I Am Learning
All the children have their own logins; the school code is ‘bole11’. Suitable for KS2 children.
Excellent maths practice through fun games! Children in KS2 have their own logins.