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Maths

Welcome to Hadrian's Maths Page!

 

 

Intent:

 

Here at Hadrian it is of paramount importance to ensure that our children have the best possible grounding in mathematics during their time with us. With this in mind, we aim to spark a curiosity and excitement for maths learning, while instilling confidence and knowledge in children as they embark on their journey to mastering the maths curriculum. We recognise that maths is an essential to everyday life: critical to science, technology and engineering, and a necessary skill for adult life.

 

Implementation:

 

New to this academic year, children in Key Stage One follow the Power Maths programme: the most recently recommended programme to meet the criteria for high-quality teaching of mastery in England. In Key Stage Two, children are continuing to use White Rose Maths to develop a deeper understanding of maths mastery.

 

All of our resources follow an exciting growth mind set and problem-solving approach. All children are encouraged to believe in their ability to master maths and are empowered to succeed through curiosity and persistence, while tackling the same concepts at the same time and progressing together as a whole class.

 

What does it look like?

 

Reception:

Children in reception use Power Maths Journals to demonstrate their understanding in a way they choose e.g. drawing, placing objects on the page or through discussion with an adult.

Each lesson is carefully linked to the Early Learning Goals (ELGs) and helps the teacher to assess the children's understanding.

Within each unit 'explore' activities are provided in the setting to build and reinforce mathematical concepts, giving the learning purpose and meaning in the wider context of their lives.

 

Key Stage One:

  • Power Up - each lesson starts with an activity designed to support fluency in all key number facts.
  • Discover & Share - this section gives hands-on. real life problems to spark curiosity and provide opportunities for deeper questioning. This is supported through whole class discussion.
  • Think Together - the scaffolding of the session is carefully reduced to prepare children for independent working. During this part, children are encouraged to work with a partner, as a group or individually.
  • Practice - this part is designed to be completed independently (in individual workbooks) using conceptual and procedural variation of mathematical concepts. Children will be exposed varying representations and manipulatives to ensure they deepen their knowledge.
  • Challenge - children are given the opportunity complete a challenge linking with other areas of maths to encourage a greater level of depth in their understanding.
  • Reflect - children have the opportunity to review, reason and reflect on learning.

Each lesson has the opportunity for diving deeper in their understanding, whilst those children who struggle with a specific concept can feel supported using the strengthen activity.


Key Stage Two:

  • Introduction - each lesson starts with an activity designed to support fluency in all key number facts. this can sometimes link directly with the unit currently being studied or previous units. 
  • Varied Fluency - within this section of the lesson learners are exposed to concrete, pictorial and abstract methods of developing skills. STEM sentences are used, alongside relevant vocabulary, to engage learners further in developing their understanding. During this part of the learning, manipulatives can be used to support the learning. 
  • Reasoning -  children are given variety of reasoning and problem solving questions to which they need to apply their understanding. These will take different periods of time to complete, and in some instances could be the focus for an entire lesson as children investigate a range of solutions. It is here that the language and vocabulary developed previously helps each child to discuss, explain and understand their reasoning. 

 

Following the units set out by White Rose, children are given the opportunity to work in small steps, building upon their prior knowledge and creating a concrete understanding of the learning taking place. Each session is designed to develop questions designed to unpick the structure of the maths and deepen the children’s understanding. When children talk about maths concepts, they develop the vital mathematical language that helps them explain their ideas.

 

Here at Hadrian, we are constantly looking for ways to improve and engage in our learning.

We are very lucky to be part of a 2 year program that is helping us to develop a mastery approach to maths across the school. So far, we love the new ways to engage our learners and master the stages of maths from Year 1 to Year 6.

 

We aim to focus on five key elements within our maths sessions whilst introducing the new approach - they are:

1. Language and communication

2. Precise mathematical vocabulary 

3. Stem sentences

4. Repetition 

5. Answering in full sentences

The Multiplication Tables Check (MTC)

 

'The Multiplication Tables Check (MTC) is a key stage 2 assessment to be taken by pupils at the end of year 4 (in June). The purpose of the MTC is to make sure the times tables knowledge is at the expected level.

The MTC is an online test were the pupils are asked 25 questions on times tables 2 to 12. For every question you have 6 seconds to answer and in between the questions there is a 3 second rest. Questions about the 6, 7, 8, 9, and 12 times table come up more often. The questions are generated randomly based on the rules of the MTC.' (Timestables.co.uk)

 

A good way to prepare is start early and build a daily routine practising the times tables. With regular practise you will learn all the questions and gain confidence. We suggest practising 10 to 15 minutes a day for optimal results.

Here are some links that you can follow to help support learning at home:

  • https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/477/Multiplication-Tables-Check 
  • https://www.timestables.co.uk/multiplication-tables-check/
  • https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button 
  • https://ttrockstars.com/
  • https://urbrainy.com/mtc 
  • https://collins.co.uk/pages/primary-mathematics-times-tables-test-simulator
  • Twinkl - times table games

 

 

For more information about the check, what it all means for your child and ways to support them please follow the link. 

https://matr.org/blog/times-tables-test-parents-guide/

 

                                                   

Every child in school has a personal log in for MyMaths. This is an online system that allows teachers to set interactive homework that children are able to complete at home on either computers or handheld devices. It is important for all children to complete these tasks as they are linked with their learning in class.

 

Children in KS1 will have MyMaths homework every 2 weeks. 

Children in KS2 will have MyMaths homework every week.

 

If your child is in need of support to complete their task, homework club is available on a Monday and Thursday after school and also a Friday lunchtime. 

                  

 

Children from year 2 upwards have access to Times Table Rock Stars. This is an engaging and fun way to learn their times tables but also to extend their knowledge. 

They are able to play along to 'rock music' in an interactive game that puts their knowledge to the test, earning them points. Teachers are able to set challenges that will focus on a particular table for each child - ensuring that all children are progressing. 

Each month, a 'Times table Rock Star' is chosen from each class - they receive a certificate and have their name displayed on our 'Rock stars' display in the main hall. 

 

Please follow the link and have a go!

https://play.ttrockstars.com/

                                         

Prodigy is a fun and interactive game where children are given the chance to explore a fictional world. They must answer reasoning questions that have been set to focus on their target areas. Using their log in details, your child is able to earn rewards and points to level up their characters. This is a great way to get your child developing their reasoning and mastery skills in a fun context. 

 

Join the fun and follow the link: https://www.prodigygame.com/ 

Basic Skills in Maths

 

At Hadrian, we pride ourselves on developing a set of skills within our learning. We build upon these skills from starting our learning journey right up to year 6. Each child is given a new personal target using their rainbow each term. These are updated so that everyone can progress at their own rate. 

Take a look at our KS1 and KS2 rainbows below. 

 

KS1 Maths Rainbow

 

KS2 Maths Rainbow

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