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Maths

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Maths is one of four core subjects in the National Curriculum and at Marden Lodge, we believe in teaching our children the key mathematical skills they need in order to be confident and proficient mathematicians when they leave us in Year 6.  It is crucial to us that our children have an enthusiasm and engagement with Maths and have the perseverance and resilience to keep trying, even when challenged with the trickiest of problem solving situations.

Our children begin their mathematical journey in Nursery and Reception by working to achieve the Early Learning Goals.  In Year 1 they begin to follow the National Curriculum and continue to work in line with these expectations until the end of Year 6.  Our teaching begins with a focus on building strong concepts of number, the number system and place value, using a range of manipulatives and resources such as counters, Numicon and Diennes.  Our children will then progress onto using pictorial images to support their understanding of number and they then begin to move into understanding calculations.  Finally, our children learn to understand and manipulate symbolic representations of numbers, such as using digits and symbols to communicate their mathematical understanding and ideas.

Within the National Curriculum, there is a strong emphasis on number.  This involves knowing and applying number facts such as number bonds, times tables and how the facts can be used efficiently.  Within our  Maths teaching, we include regular practise of times tables and counting, alongside our focused program of Rainbow Maths.  Rainbow Maths operates with Years 1 to 6, where children work through the different colours of the rainbow by demonstrating their knowledge and speed at recalling times table facts. This ensures children have the key facts they need at their fingertips as early as possible. 

Our teaching of Maths ensures the progress of every learner is maximised through differentiated teaching.  Maths is taught every day with the children getting a regular diet of learning based on number, algebra, geometry, measures, statistics and problem solving throughout the year. 

The aims of the Maths curriculum for every child are:

  1. To become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
  2. To be able to reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.
  3. To be able to solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
Below are some links to support Maths learning at  home:
 
              Woodlands junior school, Kent
·        http://www.amblesideprimaryschool.co.uk/Groups/228047/Ambleside_School/Learning_Zone/Maths_Zone/Addition/Addition.aspx
·         www.topmarks.co.uk
·         Hit the button:  www.topmarks.co.uk
·         Mathletics
·         www.ictgames.co.uk
·         BBC Bitesize
 
Y6 SATS:
·         http://www.stmarycatholicprimary.co.uk/year-6/
·         www.stbernadette.herts.sch.uk
·         www.kingswoodschool.com

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