Maths teaching at Victoria Park aims to provide a deep understanding of concrete skills and fluency. We provide opportunities for the children to build upon their knowledge through an increasing complexity of purposeful reasoning and problem-solving challenges to promote meaningful learning.
Where possible, we introduce new concepts with concrete manipulatives so children can visualise and handle complex ideas in a tactile, realistic form. Next, we provide pictorial representatives so that children can make links and understand different ways of visualising and finding solutions. When their conceptual understanding is secure, problems are presented in more abstract and numeric structures, formal calculations are introduced, before they can play with the form through open-ended investigations, linked to realistic everyday situations.
Daily class maths lessons consist of:
- Arithmetic starter to learn, practice and reinforce times tables, number and the four operations
- Whole class teaching and modelling of a concept
- Arithmetic and problem-solving activities, differentiated to meet the needs of all children
- Extension activities to promote mastery maths and deeper understanding
- Plenaries to consolidate, challenge and extend through arithmetic, reasoning and problem solving.
Support for maths at home.
To become fluent and confident in their understanding of maths, children need practise to acquire a deep, long-term and secure understanding. We ask all parents to practise place value, the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) and times tables as much as possible with their children.
By the end of KS1, children should be fluent in their 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10 times tables
By the end of Year 4, children should be fluent in all their times tables up to 12 x 12
This fluency will allow them to access their learning in lessons with more confidence.
Children can become more aware of maths in their everyday life by asking them questions around the home – how many pages are there in a book? What if I had five books? Can you estimate the length of this book? The width? How could we calculate the area of the cover?