At Kingsmead Primary School we understand the importance of maths in life and are committed to ensuring that every child leaves Kingsmead with confidence in the subject and a sound mathematical knowledge. We teach daily maths lessons in the classroom, and also outside, taking account of every type of learner and making maths fun and engaging at all levels. We follow the C-P-A approach in our teaching of Mathematics. The C-P-A approach stands for Concrete - Pictorial – Abstract. This means that throughout the school, we see children using concrete equipment such as cubes, toy people and animals, as well as pictures of things and number lines, to support their understanding of more abstract concepts. We also use the Singapore method for problem solving which involves visualising what is needed and drawing pictures of the actual objects being discussed in the form of blocks.
Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception)
The children in our Nursery and Reception (Foundation Stage) classes follow the Early Years and Foundation Stage Curriculum EYFS. The focus of mathematical teaching and learning for this age group is very practical to ensure that the children are fully engaged while learning the initial concepts through role play, dressing up, storytelling etc.
Key Stage 1 (Years 1 & 2)
In Key Stage 1 the children continue to build on the skills and knowledge gained in Foundation Stage. They learn about number bonds, how to count, read, write and order numbers to 100 and beyond, where appropriate. Through practical activities children explore and gain a better understanding of shape and space and through talk they begin to grasp and use mathematical language. By the end of Year 2 they start to use the written methods of calculation.
Key Stage 2 (Years 3 to 6)
By Key Stage 2 children are becoming much more confident and fluent with numbers, calculating mentally and using written methods. They increase their understanding of the links between the four mathematical operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) and how to use that knowledge to check calculations. Children are given every opportunity to link their mathematics to “real life problems.”
We run Ocean Maths workshops for parents/carers from year 2 and year 4 once a term. These allow parents to learn about the different ways maths is taught in school and to enjoy learning with their children. These workshops have proved to be very popular with both children and their parents/carers (see the Ocean Maths page on this website.)
In Year 2 some children receive extra maths tuition through a programme called ‘Numbers Count’. Children are tutored by a maths specialist for half hour sessions, five days a week. This has proved extremely effective in tackling children’s misconceptions and increasing their confidence back in class.
Mathletics is a computer based programme purchased by the school that helps students enjoy maths and improve their results in all areas. Students are given a login with which they can enter their account from any computer which has access to the internet, either at school or at home. The programme has tutorials that allow children to practice different mathematical concepts, songs to help them learn their times tables and fun real time activities for them to complete in competition with others. Points can be earned and built up which allow them to buy virtual items.
Children are encouraged to use Mathletics a minimum of 5 times a week for 20 minutes each time.
Here is a link to the mathletics website: http://www.mathletics.co.uk/