Maths at St Peter's
At St Peter’s we have a firm belief that having a positive maths mindset will help the children achieve in the subject and reach mastery. We have a culture where mistakes are a positive part of maths and they help our brains grow. The children are regularly asked to share their best mistake of the day.
The school uses the White Rose Hub Maths Scheme of Work. This scheme has been designed to support a mastery approach to teaching and learning and has been designed to support the aims and objectives of the new national curriculum. This scheme is highly regarded by our local maths network. It provides each year group with a set of resources including examples of fluency, reasoning and problem solving. The scheme has a strong emphasis on the use of ‘bar modelling’ to help children visualise problems.
Each year group will use and adapt the scheme to suit their children’s needs, they will also use other resources to support their teaching. There is strong emphasis on children moving along the journey together, with varied discussion using a range of mathematical vocabulary and the expectation of clear verbal reasoning. Mastery opportunities are available to extend learning and ‘Dive Deeper’ into the learning objective. We still maintain a strong emphasis on using practical apparatus to support the children’s learning of maths to suit their level of attainment.
Children are taught and tested on their knowledge of the times tables; these facts underpin much of their mathematical learning at primary school. The children are encouraged to work their way through the ‘Times Table Planets’ up to Year 4, which act as their maths targets. Children also have access to ‘Times Table Rock Stars’ where they can practise their tables and increase their fluency by challenging other children both in school and around the world.
For homework, the children have their own personal log-in to MyMaths. This an online homework tool, where they will find online homework activities and games, which match and consolidate the concepts learnt at school.
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Division with decimal remainders