What is the intent of Mathematics?
The teaching of Mathematics at Cranfield Church of England Academy aims to ensure all pupils are confident, independent, articulate mathematicians who are enthused to explore, discover, reason and are able to apply their mathematical knowledge and skills in everyday society.
We want children to be secure in their knowledge and understanding of maths and fluent in their application of it, so that they can find enjoyment in solving mathematical problems with growing confidence and have the necessary skills to move on successfully to the next stage of their education.
Through use of our curriculum progression document for mathematics and whole school use of White Rose Maths yearly overviews, we are able to ensure that children take part in lessons that are carefully sequenced in order to build on their knowledge and understanding of maths. Learning is regularly revisited through morning work, homework and in lessons to help children become secure in mathematical procedures so that they become embedded in their memories. Reasoning and problem solving is a consistent feature of our teaching, helping children to develop a deeper understanding of the connections between mathematical concepts, as well as learn to tackle mathematical problems they may encounter in the next stage of their education or in adult life. Formal assessments, data analysis and daily, in-class observations to inform planning so that sequences of lessons meet the needs of their class. This assessment also helps to identify children who may be struggling with their learning. These children benefit from adaptive teaching, flexible grouping, and when necessary, intervention groups that target understanding of a specific concept. Teachers use modelling regularly to achieve different outcomes: to demonstrate a new procedure; to check fluency in a method; to challenge thinking about a concept to reach a deeper level of understanding.
How can I support my child's Maths?
The following resources may be of use to you in supporting your child’s development in Mathematics at home:
Suitable for children in Reception, Key Stage 1 and early Key Stage 2, Numbots is an excellent tool to build the foundations of number knowledge in Maths. Users will develop their knowledge of numbers, place value and addition and subtraction by playing Numbots. Children will need their Numbots log in details in order to access the site. This can be found in the front cover of their Home School Link book (this is the same as their TTRS details).
Times Table Rock Stars is a fast paced, challenging and progressive tool to develop and support your child’s multiplication and division knowledge. Children can play a variety of game modes to develop their knowledge of their times tables, boosting their recall and building their confidence. TTRS is most suited to children in Key Stage 1 and beyond. Children will need their TTRS log in details in order to access the site. This can be found in the front cover of their Home School Link book (this is the same as their Numbots details).
Education City provides a range of tools designed to support teaching of the National Curriculum. Children are able to access a selection of games and learning tools, both independently and set by their class teacher) that will support their understanding and knowledge of Maths. Education City can be accessed by children of all ages in our school. Children will need their log in information to access the site, which can be found in the front cover of their Home School Link book.
Discovery Education (Espresso) has a wealth of learning videos and games for children to access to support their knowledge and understanding of Maths. It is suitable for access by children of all ages in our school. Children will need the school log in information to access the site. Please contact your child’s class teacher for support with this information.
Not only do Oxford Owl have their online library for reading, they also provide Maths support for both parents and children. There are a range of activity ideas, blogs and advice pages, in addition to a Maths glossary and workbooks that they sell.
Below is a list of other websites you may find of use when supporting with Maths at home:
This website has wonderful virtual manipulatives for solving problems! These online versions of the resources we have in school are an excellent, visual representation for children to use at home to support their Mathematical learning!
This website has an array of Maths games for children to play!
Another site filled with fun games to play to boost mathematical understanding.
BBC Bitesize for Key Stage 1 has an array of learning videos/lessons and some games to practise skills and embed knowledge.
BBC Bitesize for Key Stage 2 also has an array of learning videos, lessons and games to practise skills and embed knowledge.
Crickweb has a range of interactive online Maths games to play suitable for Key Stage 1.
Crickweb also has a range of interactive online Maths games to play suitable for learners in Key Stage 2.
Another site filled with Maths games to play!
ICT games provides children with a wide range of games to play to support different areas of the Maths curriculum.
Math-Drills provides you with worksheets for all areas and stages of the Maths curriculum
The Maths Factor is a website filled with short lessons and games, developed by Carol Vorderman. Access to the site is free for 21 days then a paid subscription is needed. The site provides a free times table check and some lessons from remote learning are currently free to access.
Another site with a selection of online Maths games to play.
Similar to the Didax website, the coolmath4kids site also offers some virtual manipulatives to support your child with a visual representation of Mathematical concepts.
Where can I get further information?
Should you require any additional information or have any questions, please do not hesitate to do any of the following:
Explore the Parent Workshops page of our Website where our latest workshops for parents are available to download.
- Speak to your child’s class teacher or the Mathematics Leader, Miss Natasha George – we are happy to help!
Maths has its own language! In order for your child to be fluent and confident in Maths, they must have a good understanding of this Mathematical language. We hope the glossaries below are of support!