At Lower Farm Primary we are passionate about mathematics. Our vision is to create positive, confident mathematicians who enjoy engaging with strategies that allow them to problem solve and investigate in depth. Our mastery approach curriculum provides children with a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, give them an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject that will support them in their continuing learning journey beyond primary.
How is mathematics taught at Lower Farm?
We understand that Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline. Mathematics is essential to everyday life, to a range of subjects and in the long term for most forms of employment. Therefore, to prepare them for every part of their learning journey we have designed our curriculum to have a mastery approach, striving to ensure that all children from EYFS to Year 6 demonstrate deep, conceptual understanding of topics which build over time. They should become fluent in the fundamentals and use these in different contexts, being able to reason and follow lines of enquiry and solve problems by applying their mathematics.
Our mathematics curriculum is split into year group specific units that are taught in a sequence whereby previous learning can be used to support new learning. The sequence in which the units are taught also supports the teaching of, and the children’s ability to create links between different concepts and therefore deepen their understanding.
Each unit is then designed in small, carefully sequenced steps that pupils should aim to master before moving on to the next stage. When designing these small steps, the concepts of mastery underpin the lesson planning to ensure children have a deep conceptual understanding of what is being taught. The objective is explored using a range of representations and structures; fluency is developed as well as the flexibility to move between different contexts; variation is used to develop deep and holistic understanding and children are encouraged to think mathematically throughout.
A typical mathematics lesson will begin by revisiting prior knowledge that children may need to access from their long term memory to help them to learn the new concept of the day. The lesson will then progress through a number of small steps to develop understanding of what is being taught. These small steps may introduce the concept using a range of representations, may use conceptual and procedural variation to explore the concept further and will encourage the children to respond in complete sentences using the correct mathematical vocabulary. As we believe that all children can achieve in mathematics we ensure all children to access and achieve in the lesson through a range of strategies and tasks.
We embed the core skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, realising the importance and application of number in an everyday real life context. We promote the importance of learning the multiplication tables and their related division facts through fun, effective, relevant lessons, celebrating individual achievements along the way. We develop an understanding of shape, data and measures through practical creative lessons which are often cross-curricular and encourage pupil led investigations.
Supporting your child with mathematics at home
Whilst children learn about mathematics in school, there are also lots of ways that you can support your child at home. There are so many fun activities and games you can include in your everyday routines! Because mathematics is all around us and we’re using it every day, you will already be doing many of these mathematical activities and practicing your child’s numerical skills without even thinking about it. The most important thing you can do is to make learning mathematics fun! Many parents will find that the way mathematics is taught is different from their own experience. If there are aspects of mathematics you would like to know more about, please see our calculation policy.
BBC Bitesize – by clicking on the appropriate Key Stage for your child.
Cool Maths- Another website full of interactive games.
Coxhoe Primary School – Numeracy Games
Crik Web- Great free games
Family learning a multiplication website with links to other websites full of times table games.
ICT games website full of good maths games
Maths Zone- A great website full of games, mainly for KS2.
'Maths is fun' can be very useful for providing demonstrations and examples of how to perform different calculations. It also has a wide range of activities you can print out for children to complete.
Mad4Maths - fun numeracy games
'Nrich' - is a Maths website which focuses entirely on problem solving. It is used in Maths throughout our school, but can also be accessed at home. There are always 'live' problems which the children can try to solve and submit their solutions online.
Super Maths World- Great games for KS2. Children can log in as a guest or create an account.
Time Table Rockstars. Children have a username and password that they can use to practice at home.
Top marks website is full of maths interactive games for 3-5, 5-7 and 7-11 years children.