The language of mathematics is international. The basic skills of mathematics are vital for the life opportunities of our children. Our aim is for all children to think mathematically, enabling them to reason, solve problems and assess risk in a range of contexts.
At Chopwell Primary School, our Mathematics curriculum has been developed to ensure every child can achieve excellence in mathematics. Children can experience a sense of awe and wonder as they solve a problem for the first time, discover different solutions and make links between different areas of mathematics. It provides pupils with a deep understanding of the subject through a concrete, pictorial and abstract approach. This ensures pupils fully understand what they are learning.
A daily maths lesson is a feature of life at Chopwell where children get to explore, investigate and consolidate a variety of mathematical concepts form the National Curriculum. These are normally organised into blocks of work with the following key focuses.
. Understanding and investigating with number
. Developing and applying calculation - addition and subtraction
. Developing and applying calculation - multiplication and division
. Measurement (including length, height, weight and time)
. Geometry (Investigating shape and pattern)
The description below offers a broad outline of the mathematical development that takes place in each block throughout KS1 and KS2.
Children will use concrete apparatus, pictorial representations and symbols to become fluent in a variety of concepts. They will be introduced to a wide range of mathematical vocabulary which will enable them to understand what it is they need to do.
They will also be expected to develop their mathematical thinking through problem solving and reasoning alongside their fluent recall of facts and use of written procedures.
Our children are enthusiastic and and keen to learn, they enjoy investigating and have some great success with their learning. Our maths is enabling children not only to grasp basic concepts but spend a lot more time investing, reasoning and problem solving using the mathematical knowledge they have learnt.
Times Tables Rocks Stars
Chopwell Primary School subscribes to Times Table Rock Stars for Year 3 and Year 4. This is a system that the children use to practise the instant recall of their multiplication and division facts, which helps them achieve on our Table Mountain reward scheme.
When it comes to times tables, speed AND accuracy are important – the more facts a child remembers, the easier it is for them to complete harder calculations. Times Table Rock Stars is a fun and challenging programme designed to help children master the times tables. To be a Times Table Rock Star they need to answer any multiplication fact up to 12×12 in less than 3 seconds!
World famous rock musicians are the best at what they do because they've spent hours practising guitar chords, writing music or playing on the drums. It's just the same with times tables – all Times Table Rock Stars need to practise and practise and practise.
Research shows that daily practise is the best strategy for children to learn these important facts. Short bursts of daily practise are much more effective than spending hours once a week.
The children can access and practise their times tables both at school and at home.