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.
It is also important that are 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.
The children will 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.
To ensure the children are practising their basic maths skills in school, we have introduced maths passports. The children will each have a passport for a particular continent. They need to work on the maths skills for each passport in order to complete it and move onto their next passport and continent. Every time they complete a passport they will receive a certificate and a badge. Please see our parent workshops link on the school web page to see more about Maths passports and our Calculations policy.
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 - have a look at the links in our Kids' Zone section.
Here are the links to the National Curriculum for KS1 and KS2 and the Development Matters for Early Years.
The National Curriculum: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/335158/PRIMARY_national_curriculum_-_Mathematics_220714.pdf