World Maths Day- March 11th 2021
A lot of fun was had on our Maths Day across the whole school with each year group exploring so many different activities based on their year group number.
In EYFS the children had fun ordering numbers on spring flowers, counting forwards and backwards while playing on the number mat and lots more! In year one the children enjoyed lots of different activities, including measuring, adding numbers, telling the time and playing counting games. Year 2 explored the 2 times table, doubling numbers and 2D shapes.
The fun continued in Key Stage 2 where the 3, 4, 5 and 6 times tables led to fun games and puzzles. Shape activities included 3D shapes, exploring different quadrilaterals, pentagons art and even creating music using the pentatonic scale! Year 6 had a challenge to estimate 6 metres - well done to Caleb who made a perfect estimate! They also discovered that the number 6 is a perfect number !
Have a look at the photos of the day - lots of learning and fun!
Mathematics teaches children how to make sense of the world around them through developing their ability to calculate, reason and solve problems.
Mathematics is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
We aim to support children to achieve economic well-being and equip them with a range of computational skills and the ability to solve problems in a variety of contexts.
The national curriculum (2014) for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:
- Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including the varied and regular practice of increasingly complex problems over time.
- Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, understanding relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.
- Can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
Our aims in teaching mathematics are that all children should achieve a high standard in numeracy and in a range of mathematical skills which they are able to apply with understanding and confidence. We expect them to enjoy the subject for its own intrinsic worth and study it with increasing confidence and a sense of achievement. We strive to promote positive attitudes to mathematics along with an understanding of its importance in everyday situations and the world of work.
Click HERE to see our Progression Overview – we use the White Rose Maths Hub detailed planning guidance.
At Riverside we teach pupils to master the skill of mathematics. Mastery means having a secure understanding of mathematical concepts and processes, combined with a genuine procedural fluency. A child who has mastered a particular skill is able to apply their understanding and solve different types of problems, including where the skill is either embedded in a different context, or where a choice of method has to be made.
Some children will be able to achieve mastery at a higher level. This means that they are able to apply their understanding of a concept in a wider variety of contexts, some of which are more difficult. They can manipulate the facts they know and the skills they possess in order to solve more complex problems. More developed forms of mathematical reasoning are central to this process, and enable the recognition of a link between operations and processes.
SMIRFs (Space Mission Instant Recall Facts)
An important part of maths tuition has always been rote learning of certain numeracy facts. For many years this has included practising times tables.
At Riverside we have added more structure to this throughout school, as well as adding several other elements of instant recall maths.
Every child from reception upwards has a SMIRF target sheet in their home-school planner. This contains key mental maths skills for your child to practise at home. To help you support your child, we have devised a SMIRF practice sheet for each 'planet' in the scheme. The activities on the sheet should improve your child's mathematical fluency and hopefully be fun as well as challenging. We try to ensure that your child has a secure grasp of each of the skills before we move them onto the next planet. It is anticipated that most children will 'visit' two planets each year. The sheets and targets for each planet are detailed on the school website.
Happy space travelling!
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Use of Technology
At Riverside we use ICT technology to support the teaching and learning of mathematics.
IXL –All chidlren ahve access to IXL. This is an online Artificial Intelligence technology. All pupils have a login in their planner. The software learns with the child and constantly stretches their abilities.
You can find out more HERE
TTRockstars – all pupils have logins in their planner. This is an exciting ‘competitive learning tool’ which challenges the pupils to get faster and faster at their times table skills
There are also all sorts of apps and games available for children to try out in class and at home.
Supporting Your Child at Home
At times parents suggest that supporting children at home with mathematics can be complex since they may have learned calculations in a different way.
We have developed a Calculations Booklet to help parents understand our taught techniques.
You can read our CALCULATIONS BOOKLET HERE
Some positive ways you can support your child:
- Encourage them to work online – IXL, My Maths and TT Rockstars – little and often would be great
- Encourage them to practise their SMIRFs as often as possible
- Keep up with any homework set – get in touch if you need support with this or your child is struggling
Assessment in Mathematics
Pupil progress is assessed on a day to day basis during interactions in lessons and by Marking and Feedback. All pupils are formally teacher assessed three times per year, around 3 weeks after each halfterm holiday (November, March and June). Pupils in years 1-6 are also assessed through use of ‘PUMA’ Maths tests in early November, late February and early June. The results from these tests inform the Teacher Assessment judgements and are used as an analysis tool to inform next steps in teaching.