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MATHS

A context for Maths in everyday life

 

Core Beliefs

Mathematics equips pupils with the uniquely powerful set of tools to understand and change the world. These include; logical reasoning, calculating, problem solving skills and the ability to think in abstract ways.

 

Mathematics is important in everyday life. It is integral to all aspects of life and with this in mind we endeavour to ensure that children develop a positive and enthusiastic attitude towards mathematics that will remain with them for life.

 

Archdeacon Cambridge’s School follows the 2014 curriculum, primarily through the use of Abacus Evolve, which provides detailed guidance, planning and resources for the implementation of mathematics. This ensures consistency, continuity and progression in the teaching of mathematics. In Early Years the curriculum is guided by the Early Years Foundation Stage profile. 

 

We aim to provide the pupils with a mathematics curriculum which will produce individuals who are numerate, creative, independent, inquisitive, evaluative and confident.  We also provide a stimulating environment and adequate resources so that pupils can develop their mathematical skills to their full potential.

 

Provision

Mathematics is taught as a discrete lesson (with cross curricular links where appropriate e.g. Science). Pupils are provided with a variety of opportunities to develop and extend their mathematical skills in and across each phase of education.

 

Lessons follow The New Curriculum for Mathematics and use Abacus Evolve materials. A weekly mental arithmetic lesson is taught in Years 3 – 6. Children in Year 3 are taught as a whole class and in Years 4 – 6 the more able children are taught as a group, separately, for a minimum of four lessons a week.  Children are supported by HLTAs and teaching assistants/learning support staff where appropriate.

 

Calculations

Children in Years 1 and 2 will be given a really solid foundation in the basic building blocks of mental and written arithmetic. Through being taught place value, children will develop an understanding of how numbers work, so that they are confident with 2-digit numbers and beginning to read and say numbers above 100. In Lower Key Stage 2, children build on the concrete and conceptual understandings they have gained in Key Stage 1 to develop a real mathematical understanding of the four operations, in particular developing arithmetical competence in relation to larger numbers. By upper Key Stage 2, children should be fluent in these calculations and will move on to performing arithmetic operations with both decimals and fractions.

 

Addition & subtraction

KS1

Children are taught to use place value and number facts to add and subtract numbers mentally and they will develop a range of strategies to enable them to discard the ‘counting in 1s’ or fingers-based methods of Key Stage 1. In particular, children will learn to add and subtract multiples and near multiples of 10, 100 and 1000, and will become fluent in complementary addition as an accurate means of achieving fast and accurate answers to 3-digit subtractions. Standard written methods for adding larger numbers are taught, learned and consolidated, and written column subtraction is also introduced.

 

LOWER KS2

Children are taught to use place value and number facts to add and subtract numbers mentally and they will develop a range of strategies to enable them to discard the ‘counting in 1s’ or fingers-based methods of Key Stage 1. In particular, children will learn to add and subtract multiples and near multiples of 10, 100 and 1000, and will become fluent in complementary addition as an accurate means of achieving fast and accurate answers to 3-digit subtractions. Standard written methods for adding larger numbers are taught, learned and consolidated, and written column subtraction is also introduced.

 

UPPER KS2

Children will consolidate their use of written procedures in adding and subtracting whole numbers with up to 6 digits and also decimal numbers with up to 2 decimal places. Mental strategies for adding and subtracting increasingly large numbers will also be taught. These will draw upon children’s robust understanding of place value and knowledge of number facts. Negative numbers will be added and subtracted.

 

Multiplication & division

 

KS1

Children will be taught to count in 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s, and will relate this skill to repeated addition. Children will meet and begin to learn the associated ×2, ×3, ×5 and ×10 tables. Engaging in a practical way with the concept of repeated addition and the use of arrays enables children to develop a preliminary understanding of multiplication, and asking them to consider how many groups of a given number make a total will introduce them to the idea of division. Children will also be taught to double and halve numbers, and will thus experience scaling up or down as a further aspect of multiplication and division.

 

LOWER KS2

This key stage is the period during which all the multiplication and division facts are thoroughly memorised, including all facts up to 12 × 12. Efficient written methods for multiplying or dividing a 2-digit or 3-digit number by a 1-digit number are taught, as are mental strategies for multiplication or division with large but ‘friendly’ numbers, e.g. when dividing by 5 or multiplying by 20.

 

UPPER KS2

Efficient and flexible strategies for mental multiplication and division are taught and practised, so that children can perform appropriate calculations even when the numbers are large, such as 40 000 × 6 or 40 000 ÷ 8. In addition, it is in Years 5 and 6 that children extend their knowledge and confidence in using written algorithms for multiplication and division.

 

Maths Evening

The school will be running a maths evening (date TBC) to demonstrate how maths is taught and how children can be supported with maths at home. The event will look at the curriculum taught in key stage 1, lower key stage 2 (Years 3 and 4) and upper key stage 2 (Years 5 and 6).

Good luck to our Junior Choir who are singing in the Royal Albert Hall as part of Prom Praise 4 Schools this week and to our Festival Choir who are singing in the Rose Theatre, Kingston next week!
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