Mathematics at St Ignatius Primary School
We plan our Maths teaching in accordance with the requirements of the National Curriculum. All elements of the curriculum are covered over the course of the academic year in the daily Maths lessons, but we sometimes also meet our Maths objectives in other subjects. St Ignatius pupils see Maths as a set of skills that can inspire them and be applied effectively in a range of contexts.
At St Ignatius, the key curriculum aims of developing fluency in maths, improvingmathematical reasoning and advancing problem solving skills are constantly being addressed. From Reception up to Year 6, children are being challenged to explore mathematical concepts using a combination of appropriate concrete resources and use of mathematical language.
We make use of a range of teaching strategies to complement the variety of needs within the school. All children experience using concrete resources such as Numicon, dienes (base 10 cubes) and number fans. This helps them to be able to make connections between concepts and to develop their confidence in Maths.
Children’s learning is reinforced at every opportunity during the school day, including foundation subjects and play-time. We also give pupils weekly Maths homework which allows them to further develop the skills learned in the classroom. As parents, your input is invaluable: you can offer your child support when they complete their homework and encourage them to explain to you what they have been learning at school.
Key Stage 1
With the exception of Year 2 (who follow the previous framework), children follow the programme of study set out in September 2013. This focuses on the following areas:
– Number (including place value, the four operations and fractions)
– Geometry (including properties of shapesl position and direction)
Lower Key Stage 2
Children work towards mastering accurate recall of multiplication tables up to 12 and are tested on these regularly. The curriculum covers:
– Number (including place value, the four operations and fractions – including decimal fractions in Year 4)
– Geometry (including properties of shapes)
Upper Key Stage 2
Years 5 and 6 are currently set in Maths, with each year group divided between three teachers. With the exception of Year 6 (who follow the previous framework), children follow the programme of study set out in September 2013. This focuses on the following areas:
– Number (including place value, the four operations; fractions, decimals and percentages)
– Geometry (including properties of shapes; position and direction)
In Year 6, daily maths lessons are complemented with afternoon ‘Maths Meetings’ in which a number of key concepts are covered per 10-minute session. This allows children to build up the mental oral skills as well as rehearsing basic skills such as calendar work, number patterns and interpreting graphs.
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