At King's Court First School, we aim for our children to be engaged and confident when approaching mathematics. We offer a broad and balanced mathematics curriculum that enables all children to approach their learning in a meaningful and appropriate way. Every individual is supported with the most suitable tools to help them achieve and succeed.
The curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:
- become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
- reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
- can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and nonroutine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
We follow the White Rose scheme of work for maths. This scheme of work focuses on ensuring that pupils understand maths in a variety of different representations and contexts. Our teaching enables pupils to become familiar with concrete, pictorial and abstract representations of number, ensuring appropriate progression for the individual.
The White Rose scheme also prides itself on dedicating sufficient time to the teaching and understanding of umber and place value, ensuring that all pupils have a secure understanding of the values of specific numbers/digits and how they can be compared to others.
Each week the children will experience lessons based on a number/place value element of learning, alongside an area of shape, space or measure. This ensures that the children receive a broad maths curriculum throughout the year and also enables children to revisit key objectives across each of the terms.
We also take time to focus on the teaching of key maths facts, particularly the times tables. As the children progress throughout the school, they are introduced to further times tables and strategies that they can use to help them solve multiplication questions. The element of speed is introduced, when appropriate, and linked maths facts, such as related division facts, are taught when the times tables are secure.
Below, you will find 2 calculation policies: one for addition and subtraction, and the other for multiplication and division. These highlight and illustrate the strategies that the children are being taught for the four operations within school.
Assessment in maths at King's Court First School is an ongoing process throughout the year. Each year group has set objectives that the children should meet by the end of that academic year, in order to be working at the expected standard for that particular year group.
During every lesson, formative assessment takes place. This can be facilitated through asking questions and assessing the work produced during that lesson. The children also self-assess their own work, indicating how they felt about a particular task or activity.
Summative assessment takes place three times a year in October, March and June (except in the Early Years where the Baseline Assessment, RBA, takes place in October and the end of year assessments take place in June).
At the end of Year 4, the children complete the Multiplication Tables Check (MTC). This is statutory and comprises of 25 questions in an online format. The children will have 6 seconds to answer each question and they will be asked questions on all times tables up to 12x12.
Year Group National Curriculum Objectives
Year 4 Multiplication Tables Check
As a school, we are lucky to have subscriptions to 2 very useful websites that help the children to consolidate their understanding of the Maths curriculum.
My Maths provides a range of activities from all areas of the Maths curriculum. These tasks may be set as homework activities for your child, or you are able to select activities to complete yourselves.
Times Tables Rockstars is an online resource that supports your child's learning of the times tables. Tables are set by the teacher for your child to practise. They can also compete against other users and challenge themselves with timed activities.