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All Saints' Church of England Primary School

All Saints' C of E Primary School

Maths

Teaching Children to have Confidence in Maths

At All Saints’, we ensure all children from Reception to Year 6 are supported and challenged where necessary through the use of differentiation in tasks, outcomes and support.

Through our highly interactive style of teaching, we aim for each child to gain a real sense of enjoyment and confidence in this subject.

Through the use of practical resources, all children are able to develop their concrete understanding of maths, which they can then carry through to the pictorial and abstract. We also have a strong emphasis on the correct use of mathematical language. In addition, children know that it’s ok to make mistakes and that through these we can take our learning further by learning from them.

See Below you can download 3 documents about Maths games to play at home and also a list of useful maths apps and websites to help your child learn at home. Also a very useful document for parents on the different methods we use to help children with addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

Recently we invited our Parents to come into the school to understand more about how we teach Maths at All Saints' and how Parents can support and help their children with their Maths. If you were unable to make it you can also download below a copy of our 'Parent Presentation.'

 The Singapore Method of Teaching Maths at All Saint' Primary School

Teaching Children to Problem Solve

Fundamental learning in maths is achieved through problem solving activities where the children are encouraged to explain their reasoning and explore creative ways of finding solutions.  As well as installing a sense of creativity in maths, whilst seeking solutions and alternative solutions, transferable skills of perseverance and resilience are nurtured and developed making children excellent learners across the curriculum.

Teaching Children to use Concrete, Pictorial and Abstract Representations
Mathematical fluency is dependent on a child’s ability to reason using mathematical language and problem solve by applying calculation strategies. We encourage children to reason and show their thinking through the use of concrete, pictorial and abstract representations. Materials such as objects and apparatus can be manipulated to demonstrate thinking in a concrete way. Pictorial representations such as images, drawings or bar models show a developing understanding of mathematical concepts. Finally, abstract methods reflect a deep understanding and involve using formal mathematical representations such as signs and symbols and formal written methods to calculate.

Challenges are provided through rich and complex problems, whilst support is given through consolidation of understanding before moving on.

Teaching Children Mental Maths 

Calculate the 4 Operations; Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication & Division

Mental maths sessions provide the opportunity to develop the ability to calculate the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) without the use of paper and pencil or calculators. Each session focuses on a particular method and explains why the method is the most efficient choice. There is also an element of mental maths in each daily maths lesson, including the practise and application of times tables. Children are constantly praised and encouraged when applying mental maths, which is why as a school we believe strongly in support at home with times table practise through games and songs as well as the more traditional style of chanting and rote learning. We aim to capture and encourage all styles and modes of learning to nurture a child’s confidence.

Times Tables Rockstars
 

Times tables are very important at our school. They underpin so many areas of maths. All Saints' aim for all children to know all times tables up to the 12 times table by the end of year 4. At our school, we practise times tables every day. This year, children from years 2-6 were introduced to Times Table Rockstars. 

Each child has a log in to Times Tables Rockstars. Every child has a username and password for the website and can ask their teacher if they forget or lose it. Times Table Rockstars is excellent for developing fluency and mental maths for all ages! Children make themselves a rock star avatar and can compete with other children from their year in answering times tables questions.‚Äč