Maths

Mathematics at St Wilfrid’s Church of England Primary Academy is a creative subject underpinned by the three aims of the new national curriculum: fluency, reasoning and problem solving. Our Maths Leadership Team consists of Mrs Clayton (Deputy Head Teacher) and Mrs Kohler (Mast specialist teacher).

Curriculum

The teaching and learning of maths aims to give children the ability to spot patterns, make connections, find new ways of looking at things and use what they already know in new contexts. With a creative approach to maths children are encouraged to play around with examples, draw useful pictures that clarify their understanding, have the courage to experiment and ask good questions. Children are supported to move fluently between concrete representations of mathematical ideas to more abstract written methods as their confidence grows.

Concrete resources and Manipulatives

From the foundation stage throughout school, children have the opportunity to access and learn through structured resources. Using manipulatives, models and images enables children to build a deep understanding of number and the relationships of different numbers, developing children’s fluency, reasoning and problem-solving. These resources provide children with a clear image of abstract concepts to enable them to develop their understanding across mathematics. These resources are used to embed basic skills such as odd and even numbers, number bonds and also help develop children’s understanding of the four mathematical operations from KS1. They continue to be used to consolidate skills and as part of investigation and exploration activities in KS2, forming an important part of making written abstract methods quantifiable in terms of place value.

 

Outdoor learning and Real World Maths

It is really important for children to feel and understand that Maths is not a classroom activity but a part of real life and opportunities to develop outdoor learning has been actively promoted by the Maths team. The hugely successful outdoor learning theme week saw children involved in maths in a range of outdoor activities including measuring, shape hunts, worm surveys and mapping. We have recently had the school professionally mapped, with a permanent orienteering course planned and marked out. This will develop children’s mapping skills, directional understanding and can be used to create real life problems to solve.

Financial awareness and budgeting has also been a focus of the Math’s team and all classes now teach a range of age appropriate skills to enhance children’s understanding of money, debit and credit in real life situations.

First Class @ Number 1 and 2

Children are supported in a variety of ways to ensure they achieve a depth and breadth in Mathematics. Our aim is to help each child to become numerate and confident, to enjoy actively learning mathematics and to develop the skills and positive attitudes needed to continue to make good progress.

We have specialist trained staff who are able to deliver Edge Hill University accredited programmes to ensure the achievement and progress of all children. These include Numbers Count: a teacher led 1:1 programme, First Class @ Number 1: delivered to a small group of KS1 children by a Maths specialist teaching assistant and First Class @ Number 2: which is delivered to KS2 in children Years 3 and 4. In addition to this Success@Arithmetic focusses on supporting children in Upper KS2 to further develop their skills. Children in year 6, who will be moving on to High School, are supported in this transition to KS3 with additional opportunities to extend their skills in understanding problem solving.

Computer based learning and homework

Opportunities to engage children in online learning environments have been promoted through the use of the very popular learning platforms of J2Easy and Purple Mash. All children have their own logins and homework can be accessed which is tailored to meet the needs of different children.

Opportunities for children to further their investigative challenge and skills are supported through the use and promotion of the Nrich website, where children can actively upload their solutions to investigations and receive feedback on alternative strategies and methods used by their peers in other schools.

The new computing curriculum provides opportunities to use databases and algorithms thus extending the skills and application of children’s mathematical learning.

 

Cross-Curricular Links

Mathematics is an interconnected subject and the application of Maths is seen in Science, Design Technology, Art and many other curriculum areas where problem solving, logical reasoning and recording are developed.

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“The school ensures that pupils continue to make rapid progress in Years 3 to 6, with test results consistently showing well above average results in English, mathematics and science.”                                                                                                                          

Ofsted, September 2007

Office Contact: Mrs P Jackson

St Wilfrid's Church of England

Primary Academy.

Rectory Lane, Standish,

Wigan WN6 0XB


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