At Britannia, we aim to develop and nurture Mathematics skills which will be beneficial in future years. We understand that Mathematics is a tool for everyday life and it is used to analyse and communicate information and ideas to tackle a range of practical tasks and real life problems. We strive for our pupils to be confident mathematicians and develop a curiosity about Mathematics that will last for a lifetime.
Maths is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject. (DfE, National Curriculum for mathematics, 2014).
At Britannia, we follow the mastery approach to teaching maths, currently supported by White Rose Maths schemes of learning across the school, and supplement learning through the use of concrete and online resources, such as Times Tables Rockstars to help promote a love for maths. We are also part of the NCETM Sustaining Mastery programme, which supports and develops our mastery approach to maths at Britannia.
As part of our Covid catch up offer, we have introduced Century AI learning into KS2; this offers a personalised approach to subjects. including maths, that is based on the answers that the pupils give to the questions on the system. We hope this will be a valuable addition to our provision at Britannia.
Each class has 3 fluency sessions a week which are in addition to our normal maths lessons. These sessions focus on 3 different areas of maths: times tables, key instant recall facts (KIRFs) and common misconceptions/areas to work on in each year group, supported by the 'Ready to Progress Criteria'. Key stage 1 are currently part of the NCETM workgroup 'Mastering Number', which aims to improve the number sense of pupils in KS1 through the use of fluency sessions and Rekenrek. We are excited as to how this will develop over the course of the year.
The KIRFs can be found below for each year group; we would welcome your support with these half-termly objectives and we have provided some ideas to help your child to learn these key facts. The idea is that they become facts that they can instantly recall - instantly being the operative word - so they are able to tackle more advanced areas of maths without worrying about the basics.
At Britannia, we use Times Table Rockstars to support the learning of our multiplication tables, both in and out of school. We regularly have competitions between classes, year groups ... sometimes even against the teachers! At the end of every half term, we complete a gig and a soundcheck (which mimics the Year 4 multiplication table check) to assess how we are getting on with learning our tables. We believe that knowing our tables will help us to succeed in maths so any extra time spent on TT Rockstars can only be a good thing. What are you waiting for? Every pupil has access to TTRS via their Wonde log in. Please contact your class teacher if you do not know the login for your child.
White Rose Maths have created a page which is specifically for parents/carers to provide more information about supporting your child with maths. There are links to their excellent home learning videos, video tips for parents and also some free to download, engaging booklets which link to the units of work they will be learning at school. Well worth a look! Click on the icon below for a direct link.