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 Mathematics

KS2 Mathematics

This subject is taught daily and in a variety of styles. Pupils are regularly assessed and are taught in ability groupings with differentiated activities which allow for those who need support, for example in understanding and language, to receive one on one or small group support. As children progress there is much movement between the Mathematics sets according to their needs.

Pupils acquire the mathematical skills needed for everyday life, together with the confidence and ability to apply them in practical situations. We teach a wide variety of strategies for children to develop their skills and confidence. There is a strong emphasis on the acquisition of mental skills as well as written methods. Pupils are encouraged to solve problems, both collaboratively and independently, and are provided with a rich learning environment that allows them to experiment with different mathematical ways of thinking.

As the children progress through the school we follow an adapted version of the English National Curriculum (https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/210969/NC_framework_document_-_FINAL.pdf

From September 2015 in Y3 & 4 children are expected to work to become more fluent with whole numbers and the four operations, including number facts and the concept of place value. Efficient written and mental methods are taught so that lower KS2 can complete calculations accurately with increasingly large, whole numbers.

 

They work to solve a range of problems, including decimal place value and draw with increasing accuracy. Pupils are encouraged to develop mathematical reasoning so they can analyse shapes and their properties, and confidently describe the relationships between them. They engage in practical activities to include the accurate use of measuring instruments and to make connections between measure and number. By the end of year 4, pupils should have memorised their multiplication tables up to and including the 12x multiplication table. We aim to support them in learning to read and spell Maths vocabulary correctly.

 

From the beginning of the autumn term 2015 children starting in upper KS2 (Y5) will begin to work on the basis of the new framework and extend their understanding of the number system, place value and a wider range of problems, including increasingly complex properties of numbers and arithmetic as well as problems demanding efficient written and mental methods of calculation. They will have the opportunity to use algebra as a means for solving a variety of problems and work in geometry and measures will consolidate and extend their knowledge. They will also learn to classify shapes with increasingly complex geometric properties and use correct vocabulary to describe them.

By the end of year 6, we want our pupils to be as fluent as possible in written methods for all four operations, including long multiplication and division, and in working with fractions, decimals and percentages.

We recognize that children have different ways of learning; both formally and kinesthetically, in the classroom and also through play. We use carefully devised maths games (both physical and electronic), which can be explored further at home to aid the children’s learning.