Our aims in Mathematics are for every child in St Theresa’s to:
- Have a positive attitude towards mathematics
- Have an awareness of the relevance of mathematics in the real world
- Be competent and confident in their mathematical knowledge, concepts and skills
- Have the opportunity to solve problems, to reason, to think logically and to work systematically and accurately.
- Be able to work both independently and in cooperation with others
- Have opportunities to communicate mathematics in a variety of mediums
- Use and apply mathematics across the curriculum and in real life
As a school we have decided to follow White Rose Maths for children in Key Stage One and Key Stage 2. The White Rose schemes of learning are designed to support a mastery approach to teaching and learning, as well as to support the aims and objectives of the National Curriculum.
The White Rose schemes have number at the heart and a lot of time is spent reinforcing number to build competency. It also provides opportunities to build reasoning and problem solving into each lesson.
White Rose believes that all children, who are introduced to a concept, should have the opportunity to build on their abilities by following a concrete-pictorial-abstract approach.
Concrete – children should have the opportunity to use concrete objects to help them understand what they are doing.
Pictorial – alongside this children should use pictorial representations. These representations can then be used to help reason and solve problems.
Abstract – both concrete and pictorial representations should support children’s understanding of abstract methods.
2020 Maths Displays
This term Year 1 have been looking at addition using a wide range of resources such as; numicon, number lines, counters and other objects. They have also been looking at statements that are always, sometimes and never true statements regarding addition. The children have also being using diagrams to help them with their additions.
As part of Year 2’s topic ‘Wriggle and Crawl’ the children have been using their data handling skills on a mini beast hunt in the playground! You can see they have been using lots of mathematical vocabulary that is on their display. They have been collecting data and displaying it in a variety of different ways such as tally charts and pictograms.
Year 3 have been looking at place value for the Autumn Term. The children have been really focusing on explaining their reasoning for their answers using words. They have been learning to recognise the place value of each digit in a three digit number and learning how to represent a number in different ways.
Year 4 have been looking at The Roman Empire during their topic sessions and have been exploring the Roman Numeral System within their maths lessons. The children investigated the different rules within the system and looked at ordering different numbers and performing different calculations using Roman Numerals.
Year 5 have been tackling lots of problems involving fractions , decimals and percentages. The children have been using different games like dominoes and snap to help them with their understanding of equivalent fractions decimals and percentages. They also used diagrams to help show how to add fractions with the same denominator.
Year 6 have been investigation the area and perimeter of different dinosaur enclosures for their topic ‘We are Dinosaur Hunters’. The children created their own Jurassic World Dinosaur Theme Parks and calculated how much it would cost to run and what different shapes enclosures they would be able to have with different area and perimeters.