Mathematics teaches children how to make sense of the world around them through developing their ability to use number, calculate, reason and solve problems. It helps children to understand relationships and patterns in both number and space in their everyday lives. Our aim is to create a culture where mathematics is seen in a positive light so children understand the importance of numeracy skills in the ‘real world’.
At Monksdown, we embrace the core aims of the new National Curriculum: fluency, accuracy, precision, reasoning and problem solving. We use the ‘White Rose Maths’ schemes of work to ensure a ‘small steps’ consistent approach to delivering these key aspects are embedded within daily application. ‘Mastery approaches’ ensure deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject, providing a tool for life. Teachers reinforce an expectation that all pupils are capable of achieving high standards in mathematics.
The focus is on the development of deep structural knowledge and the ability to make connections. Making connections in mathematics deepens knowledge of concepts and procedures, ensures what is learnt is sustained over time, and cuts down the time required to assimilate and master later concepts and techniques.
Fluency comes from deep knowledge and practice. Pupils work hard and are productive. At early stages, explicit learning of multiplication tables is important in the journey towards fluency and contributes to quick and efficient mental calculation. Practice leads to other number facts becoming second nature. The ability to recall facts from long term memory and manipulate them to work out other facts is also important.
We work alongside the National Centre for Excellence in Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) to continually improve our teaching and learning and actively continue our development in mathematics within our Local Maths Hub.
We are also proud to work with ‘Raising Aspirations’ Positive footprints Network. We engage in a series of activities in Upper Key Stage 2 to ensure children understand the need to build resilience, increase confidence, develop self-belief, develop employability skills, increase self-awareness, raise their aspirations and open up the world of work. ‘My Money’ and ‘Futures’ programmes bring a real-life money experience into the classroom.
White Rose maths have produced some excellent resources to help you support your child with their learning at home. Why not give them a try?
NSPCC Number Day
Number Day is a maths fundraising day for the NSPCC. Children thoroughly enjoyed joining in this year on 4th February 2022 and of course supported the NSPCC by donating a small donation to wear their own clothes.
It is already exciting enough for our wonderful mathematicians at Monksdown to have a day dedicated to maths , but Number Day is so much more than that. Number Day serves to celebrate the importance of maths as well as the importance of treating and raising children correctly. It is a day of play and learning dedicated to important fundraising efforts.
The fantastic teachers and pupils at our school certainly EMERSED themselves in all things number whilst wearing a piece of clothing with a favourite number on it.
Times Table Rock Stars tournament winners January 29th 2021
Times Table Rock Stars tournament winners January 11th 2021
Top Tips for Families:
- Always be positive about Maths Don’t say “I can’t do Maths”, “I hated maths at school” or “Maths is boring/too hard”
- Share your enjoyment of Maths and highlight when you have used it in everyday life. This could be when you are cooking, shopping or travelling etc.
- Praise your children for the effort that they have put in to maths not just their achievement.
MoneySense is an impartial financial education programme that uses real-life experiences to help young people develop good money habits. Follow the link to see how you can help your children develop good habits towards a better financial future.