At Carrington Primary School we recognise that mathematics underpins much of our daily lives, and it is therefore of paramount importance to us to make sure that our children have the best possible grounding in mathematics during their primary school years. Our maths curriculum is designed to develop children ’s knowledge and understanding of mathematical concepts whilst enabling them to practise and hone skills and methods. We aim to enable them to think critically and communicate their understanding as well as giving them opportunities to apply learnt mathematical skills in different contexts across the curriculum.
Practical learning Reasoning Deepening Understanding Investigation
In our lessons:
- Pupils are thinking and reasoning. Pupils have opportunities to share learning and reasoning with working partners, groups and through whole class feedback.
- Pupils are applying skills fluently and efficiently & arrive at accurate answers.
- Practical equipment allows pupils to build mental models on which to hang their understanding of a concept.
- Pupils of all abilities are using images & practical resources to deepen their understanding when appropriate.
Years 1 to 6 have regular lessons in problem solving skills and also hold a termly ‘Maths and…’ theme week exploring links between maths and other topics such as art, enterprise and multiculturalism.
The key objectives that form our curriculum are outlined in the following documents:
Our scheme of work
As a school we use Abacus Maths to support our planning and teaching of Maths. Each week your children will receive Abacus homework to complete online which will be relevant to what they have been learning about during that week. The scheme ensures full coverage of the curriculum and provides textbooks with 3 levels of challenge for each lesson objective.
Here is the link to the page:
Maths in other subjects
Children have opportunities to apply mathematics within other subjects. This year, children at Carrington Primary have used maths in the following:
- Data loggers used in science, requiring pupils to record numerical data and find averages (Y3)
- Weighing and measuring when preparing ingredients (Y3 and Y6)
- Healthy eating plate fractions (Y4)
- Drawing timelines and sorting events chronologically in history (Y5)
Pupil voice interviews
Pupils’ voice interviews have shown children to be enthusiastic and driven to attain the higher challenges. They enjoy working both practically and from the appealing textbook:
‘Maths is one of my favourite subjects (Y6 child)
‘Maths is useful to me outside of school. One of the jobs I could have is a shopkeeper. (Y4)
‘When I am doing Maths with equipment I feel confident. (Y5)
‘I feel confident when answering questions in Maths.’ (Y1)
The Learn Its Challenge
As a school we have identified Multiplication tables as an area to work on. We bought Big Maths Beat That Learn Its Challenges. Big Maths Beat That is a weekly assessment that is fun, rewarding and motivating for all children. The key principle is that we communicate to the children the value we place on progress rather than attainment. So, when we literally say, ‘Beat That!’ to a child, we are challenging them to improve their best ever score, even if it is only an increase of 1. This means that all children have access to success, regardless of attainment.
This covers all the addition and multiplication facts needed. When the children achieve 100% on their Learn its Stage, they join The 100 club. After being in The 100 club for 3 weeks in a row the children are moved onto the next set of Learn Its.
Hit the Button
If you would like to work on essential facts at home, the ever popular Hit The Button provides a good starting point with tables, doubles, halves, number bonds and square number facts for both children and adults to enjoy.