What is the intent of Mathematics?
The teaching of Mathematics at Cranfield Church of England Academy aims to ensure all pupils are confident, independent, articulate mathematicians who are enthused to explore, discover, reason and are able to apply their mathematical knowledge and skills in everyday society.
How is Mathematics implemented in our school?
Teachers at Cranfield Church of England Academy will:
- Plan and teach an ambitious and progressive mathematics curriculum across the school, to ensure that skills are built upon and mastered. The curriculum content and targets for each year group are in accordance with the Cranfield Curriculum Framework and aims for the highest standards of teaching and learning and clear progression for children at Cranfield.
- Provide Quality First Teaching to build good foundations for learning and extend children’s mathematical knowledge.
- Give children the opportunities and confidence to solve problems and apply their mathematical knowledge independently, improving reasoning and fluency.
- Ensure that children are challenged in their learning and encouraged to persevere to reach their potential. Teachers use clear differentiation and regular assessments to guide challenge at the correct level for each child.
- Make lessons engaging, inspiring and enjoyable, giving the children confidence in their abilities.
- Provide resources for the children to access freely, supporting understanding of mathematical concepts from the very beginning, including access to a variety of resources for use at home and at school – e.g. Times Tables Rock Stars, Numbots, Education City, Espresso.
- Develop children’s understanding of the relevance of Maths in their everyday lives, through linking this to other areas of the curriculum and making them aware of everyday situations in which they may need to apply their skills.
- Mental Maths skills are developed to promote fluency and speed for rapid recall of number facts.
How is Maths assessed in our school?
Assessment takes place by:
- In EYFS, opportunity for Maths learning is everywhere. Adults record children’s maths learning on Learning Book to evidence their progress throughout the year. Next steps are planned for on an individual and whole-class basis.
- Providing children with termly and ‘mini’ assessments to track pupil progress and next steps in their Stepping Stones Pathways.
- Intervention and Booster groups are run for those children that need more support. These are run regularly to ensure impact.
- Key Performance Indicator sheets have been created to develop mastery of key skills. These resources support accuracy in pitch and expectation resulting in accurate end of key stage assessments
How can I support my child's Maths?
The following resources may be of use to you in supporting your child’s development in Mathematics at home:
Suitable for children in Reception, Key Stage 1 and early Key Stage 2, Numbots is an excellent tool to build the foundations of number knowledge in Maths. Users will develop their knowledge of numbers, place value and addition and subtraction by playing Numbots. Children will need their Numbots log in details in order to access the site. This can be found in the front cover of their Home School Link book (this is the same as their TTRS details).
Times Table Rock Stars is a fast paced, challenging and progressive tool to develop and support your child’s multiplication and division knowledge. Children can play a variety of game modes to develop their knowledge of their times tables, boosting their recall and building their confidence. TTRS is most suited to children in Key Stage 1 and beyond. Children will need their TTRS log in details in order to access the site. This can be found in the front cover of their Home School Link book (this is the same as their Numbots details).
Education City provides a range of tools designed to support teaching of the National Curriculum. Children are able to access a selection of games and learning tools, both independently and set by their class teacher) that will support their understanding and knowledge of Maths. Education City can be accessed by children of all ages in our school. Children will need their log in information to access the site, which can be found in the front cover of their Home School Link book.
Discovery Education (Espresso) has a wealth of learning videos and games for children to access to support their knowledge and understanding of Maths. It is suitable for access by children of all ages in our school. Children will need the school log in information to access the site. Please contact your child’s class teacher for support with this information.
Not only do Oxford Owl have their online library for reading, they also provide Maths support for both parents and children. There are a range of activity ideas, blogs and advice pages, in addition to a Maths glossary and workbooks that they sell.
Below is a list of other websites you may find of use when supporting with Maths at home:
This website has wonderful virtual manipulatives for solving problems! These online versions of the resources we have in school are an excellent, visual representation for children to use at home to support their Mathematical learning!
This website has an array of Maths games for children to play!
Another site filled with fun games to play to boost mathematical understanding.
BBC Bitesize for Key Stage 1 has an array of learning videos/lessons and some games to practise skills and embed knowledge.
BBC Bitesize for Key Stage 2 also has an array of learning videos, lessons and games to practise skills and embed knowledge.
Crickweb has a range of interactive online Maths games to play suitable for Key Stage 1.
Crickweb also has a range of interactive online Maths games to play suitable for learners in Key Stage 2.
Another site filled with Maths games to play!
ICT games provides children with a wide range of games to play to support different areas of the Maths curriculum.
Math-Drills provides you with worksheets for all areas and stages of the Maths curriculum
The Maths Factor is a website filled with short lessons and games, developed by Carol Vorderman. Access to the site is free for 21 days then a paid subscription is needed. The site provides a free times table check and some lessons from remote learning are currently free to access.
Another site with a selection of online Maths games to play.
Similar to the Didax website, the coolmath4kids site also offers some virtual manipulatives to support your child with a visual representation of Mathematical concepts.
Where can I get further information?
Should you require any additional information or have any questions, please do not hesitate to do any of the following:
Explore the Parent Workshops page of our Website where our latest workshops for parents are available to download.
- Speak to your child’s class teacher or the Mathematics Leader, Miss Natasha George – we are happy to help!
Maths has its own language! In order for your child to be fluent and confident in Maths, they must have a good understanding of this Mathematical language. We hope the glossaries below are of support!