At Riverside, all of our children take part in daily maths lessons. We ensure that every child enjoys a variety of maths tasks throughout the school week. Their learning will cover all aspects of the new National Curriculum, including
developing understanding of number and place value,
calculating with all four operations, fractions, decimals and percentages,
geometry (shape, position and direction),
Children will also have lots of opportunities to use and apply their maths knowledge in everyday 'real life' situations, as well as using maths in the environment and in other subjects, such as Science, Computing or DT. We encourage our children to take on a challenge and apply their Maths to a variety of different problem solving tasks and most importantly we want our children to have fun and enjoy Maths. Each year we hold a themed 'Maths Week', which includes class swap days and visits from outside providers, such as a Maths Magician.
It is also important that our children are confident in being able to reason and explain how they have solved a problem. From Reception all the way to Year 6, we promote talking in Maths, using mathematical vocabulary and using full sentences. Children are not only able to use technical language but they can give examples of what they mean too.
From Year R up to Year 3 we currently follow the Maths Mastery program. This will roll out each year so that eventually we will follow it across the whole school. As part of this our children sing maths songs during transitions, take part in talk tasks and are able to confidently use a range of manipulatives such as bead strings, dienes etc. As well as this in each lesson they learn star words and are expected to use this mathematical vocabulary throughout the lesson, which in turn helps them to reason about their maths. As part of this, we have rolled out Maths meetings across the whole school so that we have some extra maths in the afternoons. This is an extra opportunity to embed our maths knowledge, reason, sing and practice key skills.
Our children also undertake regular mental arithmetic tests to build upon their ability to solve a range of calculations mentally. They will be regularly tested on their times tables knowledge to ensure that they are able to recall and apply their multiplication skills.
We aim for all our children to enjoy maths and be successful at an appropriate level for their age and ability. Children of all ages should be practising their basic skills (e.g. number bonds, times tables) as much as possible at home, and using their maths skills in real situations such as finding change when shopping, telling the time and weighing out ingredients when cooking. Playing online maths games is another great way to improve their skills and speed and the children are able to do this by using Mathletics in school and at home.
Our Maths leader, Mrs Rimmer, holds parent workshops for Maths throughout the year. Please see our parent workshops link on the school web page to see more about how to support your child with maths at home and our Calculations policy.
Here are the links to the National Curriculum for KS1 and KS2 and the Development Matters for Early Years.