At Southglade Primary and Nursery School our vision for Maths is to equip pupils with a uniquely powerful set of tools to prepare them for the world of the future. These tools include logical reasoning, problem-solving skills and the ability to think in abstract ways. Maths skills are learnt through the concrete, pictorial and abstract model where children are given the chance to learn new concepts using manipulatives at first; then once mastered move on to representing the concept through pictures and finally develop a secure understanding that can be applied in the abstract. Alongside learning in Maths, children are given the chance to apply and deepen their understanding through reasoning and problem solving activities. We believe that it is important for children to be skilled in mental arithmetic and times-tables knowledge to form a foundation for fluency in maths. We also place emphasis on the cross curricula opportunities to use maths in a wide range of other contexts which highlight the importance of mathematical skills in DT, Art, Science, Geography and other subject areas.
The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:
At Southglade children are encouraged to answer reasoning problems through explaining their thinking using Captain Conjecture and Co-Star Convince. Captain Conjecture helps children to explain what they they think is happening in the Maths problem and Co-Star Convince helps the children to find evidence to prove their answer is correct.
At Southglade we follow the CPA model of teaching (Concrete, Pictorial and Abstract) Math. Through this model children start by using a variety of concrete apparatus to practically explore the maths concept being taught. They will then move on to using pictorial representations of the maths and finally when ready work in the abstract.
Please see our calculation policy at the bottom of this page for more information.
Learning multiplication facts is a vital part of any child’s mathematical development. Once rapid recall of multiplication facts becomes possible, a whole host of mathematical activities will seem easier. Children need to be able to recall multiplication facts in any order and also to derive associated division facts.
At Southglade we use TImes Tables Rockstars to practise children's rapid recall of multiplication and division facts. All children from years 2 to 6 have their own individual log in.
Follow this link to go to the Times Tables Rockstars website.
If you have any problems with TTRS please speak to your child's class teacher.
Count in multiples of 2, 5 and 10.
Count in steps of 2, 3 and 5 from 0.
Recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 multiplication tables.
Count from 0 in multiples of 4, 8, 50 and 100.
Recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 3, 4, and 8 multiplication.
Count in multiples of 6, 7, 9, 25 and 1000.
Recall and use multiplication and division facts up to 12 × 12.
By the end of Year 4, pupils should have memorised their multiplication tables up to and including the 12 multiplication table and show precision and fluency in their work.
Developing skills using and applying their times tables knowledge.
In some maths lessons we provide what is known as the chilli challenge. Children can choose the level of challenge of the activity. These activities are split into 4 different levels:
We encourage children to choose an activity that closely matches their ability whilst challenging themselves at the same time.
Number sense is an intangible quality possessed by successful mathematicians. It can and should be taught.
Number sense is the ability to use numbers flexibly and fluidly.
At Southglade we will be doing daily number sense (15-20minutes) at the start of every maths lesson. This will comprise of a sequence of regular activities that will benefit all children.
Familiar activities will help children feel comfortable as we seek to reactivate prior learning and build on key skills and knowledge.