Maths at Etwall
Maths is a really important subject and helps children to develop skills that they will use everyday for the rest of their life: whether they are going shopping, looking at the football scores, looking after their finances or have a job that is based on using mathematical skills.
Maths is embedded in everyday life, and it is important that we support the children in building up these skills to help them make the most of their potential.
Mathematics is a vital aspect of the school curriculum; through this, we aim to make each child aware that mathematics provides a powerful means of communication and reasoning.
Etwall Maths - Intent, Implementation and Impact
Maths is a journey and long-term goal, achieved through exploration, clarification, practice and application over time. At each stage of learning, children should be able to demonstrate a deep, conceptual understanding of the topic and be able to build on this over time.
Whole School Curriculum - Progression
We have adopted the White Rose Maths Hub long term approach to maths.
For years 1-6, the White Rose document shows how each area of the maths curriculum progresses throughout school. Please find the year group curriculum overviews that we use in the planning, teaching and delivery of mathematics within our school at the end of this document.
In EYFS, along with development matters, we use White Rose Maths as our progression document. See pages 7-9 for the overviews for each term.
Within all areas of our mathematical learning we actively encourage the use of both concrete resources and visual representation in order to develop our children's mathematical knowledge, understanding and skills before moving onto the abstract element of mathematics.
Below are some examples of our children using these within their daily maths lessons.
School Maths Policies
Please see our school maths policy.
Please find below the calculation policy we use across the school for the four different operations. (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) We use a range of concrete, pictorial and abstract methods to ensure children get a good conceptual understanding of the subject.
- EPS Calculation Policy Addition.pdf
- EPS Calculation Policy Division.pdf
- EPS Calculation Policy Multiplication.doc.pdf
- EPS Calculation Policy Subtraction.doc.pdf
- Etwall Primary School Calculation Policy Cover sheet.pdf
Here is the parents guide that shows you how to complete each method in more detail.
We are fully aware that children learn best when parents and school staff work together to support the children. As well as providing parents with a booklet about the methods used for calculation through school, we also hold learning together events and parent information evenings for parents to learn more.
In KS2 this year we held a learning together workshop to help parents with ideas on how to teach times tables. Lower KS2 focused on a range of games to support the learning of rapid recall of multiplication facts up to 12 x 12. Upper KS2 focused on using these facts to support multiplying with larger and smaller numbers and reasoning tasks associated with their multiplication facts.
All parents, whether they were able to attend or not, received a copy of the schools leaflet 'Learning times-tables: A parents guide'
In KS1, an evening parents event was held where different methods of calculation were discussed, including an explanation of how each method is taught.
In EYFS, we hold a parent workshop to introduce to parents how we teach the children to count, use ten frames, number lines and other fundamentals of mathematics.
Here is the leaflet we give to parents in EYFS about teaching maths at Etwall Primary.
All children throughout school use mathshed to help practice the key maths skills at home and at school. All children have a log in to these, and a copy of this is kept in your child's learning journal.
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We know, as parents, it can sometimes be difficult to understand all of the maths terminology that is sometimes used in primary schools, some of it is different to what we remember from when we were at school ourselves. It is really important for children that we all use consistent vocabulary to help them develop a secure understanding of a concept. We have found this excellent primary maths dictionary from Third Space Learning which you might find useful.
Extra- Curricular Opportunities
At Etwall Primary School we try to provide extra opportunities where possible to enable children to enjoy mathematics, as well as in maths lessons and by using maths in other subject areas.
Year 6 Primary Maths Competition at John Port.
Each year the year 6 children take part in a wide range of maths related challenges set by John Port at school. The school then selects a team to represent Etwall Primary at a competition with other local Primary Schools. We are proud to be the trophy winners in 2015, 2018 and 2019. Well done to the teams!
Biannual Puzzle Days.
Every other year, the PTFA kindly pay for us to have a school puzzle day. The Happy Puzzle Company come into school and provide a wide range of puzzles for all children (from EYFS through to Year 6) to take part in. Each child gets a 45-60 min slot with the rest of their peers. They are normally great fun and a highlight in the Etwall School calendar.
Ri Primary Maths Masterclass
Repton School kindly invited us to take part in the Royal Institute Primary Maths Masterclasses this year. Ri Mathematics Masterclasses are series of workshops which are led by sixth form students, supported by their teachers. Four of our talented mathematicians in year 5 attended the masterclasses on a Saturday afternoon. They all thoroughly enjoyed the challenges that were provided, and I looked forward to hearing what they had been up to each week.
Maths Week England 2020 9th-14th November
We are busy planning our maths week in school for November 2020. We are very excited about the plans which involve lots of challenges, quizzes, maths based stories and workshops. We will keep you updated nearer the time about what we are up to.
Primary Maths Challenge
Each year 20 talented year 5 and 6 mathematicians take part in the primary national maths competition. A 'quiz' which challenges mathematical thinking through a range of multi-choice questions. The questions are normally quite challenging, but great fun! Find out more information at http://www.primarymathschallenge.org.uk/
From June 2020 a first maths challenge has also been introduced for year 3/4 children. We will take part in this if school is open again by then!
End of Keys Stage Assessments (SATS) and the Year 4 Multiplication Check (MTC)
As with all other state run primary schools, children are assessed at the end of Key Stage 1 and 2. They are also assessed on their rapid recall of multiplication facts at the end of Year 4. Please find below the most recent information sheets that have been produced by the government about these for parents.
From September 2020, EYFS children will be given a baseline assessment in their first month of being in school.