At Ashdown, we use a maths mastery approach to all our teaching of maths. This means that pupils are taught through whole-class interactive teaching, enabling all to master the concepts necessary for the next part of the curriculum sequence.
In a typical lesson, children will use concrete apparatus to help them show their understanding and teachers will questioning, provide short tasks, demonstrate and evoke discussion, enabling pupils to think, reason and apply their knowledge to solve problems.
Children are also taught mathematical vocabulary as precise mathematical language enables all pupils to communicate their reasoning and thinking effectively.
To support children in their journey of developing a deeper understanding of all maths concepts, every child has access to a maths pack suitable for their age.
Maths outside of school
Maths is all around us! It's fantastic when our children are able to spot patterns, shapes, angles and measurements during play and leisure activities. These moments can lead to rich and rewarding learning opportunities.
There are so many resources out there designed to help us make the most of these everyday activities. Here is one of them from the Oxford University Press:
As a school, we are also subscribed to a few fun and interesting services that we hope can be utilised by the children in their homes:
MyMaths: Maths games, lessons and home learning.
NumBots is all about every child achieving the “triple win” of understanding, recall and fluency in mental addition and subtraction, so that they move from counting to calculating - This is recommended for EYFS and KS1 pupils
(this is a link to an introduction to Numbots)
Times Tables RockStars: Times tables practice and games.
This is recommended for KS1 and KS2 pupils
(this is a link to a parent guide to TTRS)
Check with your child's teacher to find out how to access these services.
Your child may also like Jack Hartman. He is a man who has created exercises for mathematical learning. Just google Jack Hartman maths and get moving!
or watch Numberblocks on CBEEBIES - https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/numberblocks
Maths Games -
Take a look at the following links for a range of great interactive maths games to help your child consolidate mathematical skills and deepen their understanding.
This is how we learn maths across the school:
And these are the activities we do to learn:
Parents of Year 4 pupils can find information about the multiplication test here: