At our schools we aim to provide the highest quality of mathematics teaching. We aim to do the following:
- Foster mathematical understanding of new concepts and methods, including teachers’ explanations and the way they require pupils to think and reason mathematically for themselves.
- Ensure that pupils acquire mathematical knowledge appropriate to their age and starting points, and enable them to recall it rapidly and apply it fluently and accurately, including when calculating efficiently and in applying arithmetic algorithms.
- Use resources and approaches to enable pupils in the class to understand and master the mathematics they are learning. The national curriculum for mathematics 2014 specifies the aims and then states, ‘The expectation is that the majority of pupils will move through the programmes of study at the same pace.’
- Develop depth of understanding and readiness for the next stage. The national curriculum states, ‘Decisions about when to progress should always be based on the security of pupils’ understanding and their readiness to progress to the next stage. Pupils who grasp concept rapidly should be challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content. Those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material should consolidate their understanding, including through additional practice, before moving on.
- Enable pupils to solve a variety of mathematical problems, applying the mathematical knowledge and skills they have been taught. This would be most evident in how well pupils apply their mathematical knowledge and skills in other subjects in the curriculum, where appropriate.
Calculation Teaching Progression
All the children at Trinity Academy are on the Space Mission: Instant Recall Facts (SMIRFS). To instant recall, children are expected to be able to recall the fact within 3 seconds. Children have daily opportunities in school to work on their mental maths, either working on times tables or on strategies to support them in solving mental calculations as a class. They are also set personal targets to progress on the mission which they practise in school on a regular basis.
How can you help?
- Help your child practise their SMIRFS targets at home – a few minutes a day is all you need
- Insist that numbers are written the correct way round
- Come into school and volunteer to play some maths games with children
- Support your child with their maths homework, play maths games with them on SUMDOG and enjoy maths together
- Talk to your child about maths, get them explain to you how to do things and how they achieved their answer
- Make maths a positive experience (don’t tell your child you were rubbish at maths when you were at school – they will think they should be!)
- If you have any questions or concerns please see your child’s class teacher in the first instance
- Useful links
- https://www.mathschase.com/ This is a completely free site where you can quickly test your times tables. Have fun!