At Castleford Park Junior Academy, we believe all children can achieve in mathematics and our lessons focus on developing children's conceptual understanding and their ability to reason and explain, making links where appropriate. Using the Same Day Intervention, incorporating a 'learning pit stop,' whereby teachers have time to assess the children's progress so far, we ensure that misconceptions are identified and teacher intervention and support can be put in place immediately. Similarly, the 'learning pit stop' allows the children who have good conceptual understanding to be further challenged in their learning through reasoning and problem solving in order to gain a deeper understanding, either independently or as part of an adult led task.
Once children secure fluency in mathematical concepts, they are further challenged in their learning through reasoning and problem solving in order to gain a deeper understanding. We aim to provide all children with full access to the curriculum, enabling them to achieve confidence and competence in mathematics, rather than many following a set of rules, failing to develop the mathematical skills they need for the future.
Key features of our Mathematics curriculum include:
- High expectations for every child
- Fewer topics, greater depth
- Number sense and place value
- Objects and pictures to represent numbers
- Problem solving and reasoning
- Calculate with confidence– understand why it works
- Same Day intervention – every child can
We recognise, and place great emphasis on the essential knowledge and skills in mathematics. By doing so, this embeds a deeper understanding of mathematical concepts, ensuring conceptual understanding is acquired, by utilising a concrete, pictorial, abstract approach, rather than just learning to repeat routines without grasping what is happening.
How you can help at home
There are lots of ways to help to build your child's confidence in mathematics. There are many fun games and activities you can do with your child that practise maths skills. Most children love playing games and it's an easy way to support their learning.
Tips for helping your child to enjoy maths:
- Point out the different shapes to be found around your home.
- Take your child shopping and talk about the quantities of anything you buy, including the weight, cost and difference in prices, calculating which offer is the best.
- Let your child handle money and work out how much things cost.
- Ask younger children to count all the coins in your purse or wallet.
- Look together for numbers on street signs and car registration plates.
- Look at house numbers and talk about odd and even.
- Ask older children to work out the best special offer.
- Look at clocks and tell the time. Talk about timings for cooking and look at the TV listings, discussing the duration.
- Learn how to recall times tables quickly.
- Practice number recognition, numbers bonds to 10, 20 and 100
- Practice times tables including their related division facts up to 12 x 12 e.g. 2 x 3 = 6, 6 ÷ 2 = 3
Using online resources is a good way to get your child to practise their maths skills at home. Each child has a Mathletics password and a Times Tables Rockstars password to use on the computer, tablet and Ipad. The following websites have fun games and activities to help their learning. Why not try these?