Maths at Home Tuesday 26th November 2013
How maths is taught at Coley • At Coley Primary School, children receive a daily maths lesson each morning and a mental maths session. As a basis for planning, the staff use the New Primary framework which outlines what is expected for children from reception to year six. • We are also introducing the new mathematics curriculum (statutory from September 2014).
Mental Maths A lot of emphasis in mathematics teaching is placed on using mental calculations where possible, using jottings to help support thinking. As children progress through the school and are taught more formal written methods, they are still encouraged to think about mental strategies they could use first and only use written methods for those calculations they cannot solve in their heads. It is important that children are secure with number bonds (adding numbers together and subtracting them e.g. 10-6=4, 13+7=20) and have a good understanding of place value (ten and units etc.) before embarking on formal written methods.
Calculation methods we use at Coley Column Addition Column multiplication. Children will start by using the grid method. Column Subtraction ‘Bus Stop’ Division
Progression in Calculation • During Reception your child will practice counting, adding and taking away using lots of different real-life resources. The Foundation Stage Curriculum is different from the National Curriculum. • Mathematics development involves providing children with opportunities to practise and improve their skills in counting numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems, and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures. • ELG 11 Numbers: Children count reliably with numbers from one to 20, place them in order and say which number is one more or one less than a given number. Using quantities and objects, they add and subtract two single-digit numbers and count on or back to find the answer. They solve problems, including doubling, halving and sharing. • ELG 12 Shape, space and measures: Children use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems. They recognise, create and describe patterns. They explore characteristics of everyday objects and shapes and use mathematical language to describe them.
Calculation at KS1 • In KS1 your child will add and subtract using mental methods at first and then move on to column methods. • They will solve multiplication and division problems using practical resources and their tables. • Your child will spend time developing their mental methods and finding ways to record their mathematics.
Years 3 and 4 • In lower KS2 your child will add and subtract with more complex numbers and develop their column methods. By the end of year 4 they should know their tables to 12 x12. • They will develop a grid method for multiplication and an extended method for division.
Years 5 and 6 • By the end of Year 6 your child will have a secure written method for all 4 operations. • They will be able to choose the correct method and solve a variety of problems. • At the end of Year 6 the children take SATs tests which assess their understanding of each calculation method.
Assessing Mathematics • Your child has a target card in their maths book which gives them targets towards their next level. • Your child’s teacher plans work to help each child make their next step in learning and observes them as they work. • Each short term there is an assessment week, in which the children do written and practical assessments. • In Years 2 and 6 the children complete SATs tests, which assess their understanding of all areas of mathematics.
How to help with calculations When faced with a calculation problem, encourage your child to ask: • Can I do this in my head? • Could I do this in my head using drawings or jottings to help me? • Do I need to use a written method? • Should I use a calculator? Also help your child to estimate and then check the answer. Encourage them to ask • Is the answer sensible?
Supporting Maths at Home • Find maths in everyday situations (cooking, shopping, reading TV guides…) • Use www.mymaths.co.uk at home. All children have a password. The main log on is: Username: coley Password: class
Please take a copy of the ‘Maths at Home’ booklet to help your child further with mathematics.