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Maths Curriculum at

St. Mary Magdalen's Junior School

In St. Mary Magdalen's Junior School, each child engages is a one hour Maths lesson per day. Our Maths lessons follow the structure of Skills - Application - Challenge, to ensure the aims of the National Curriculum are fulfilled. 

 

The national 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 non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

 

One lesson per week has a specific focus on Problem Solving and the children are taught how to use a specific problem solving strategy. These include, using a list or a table, working backwards, acting the problem out or working algebraically. 

 

Mathematical arithmetic skills are taught in line with the school's Calculation Policy. (A link to the calculation policy can be accessed below, as well as videos explaining the four operations for calculating.)

 

Children's mathematical understanding is supported with the use of concrete resources and mathematical resources including Numicon, number lines, fraction walls and counters. 

 

Calculation Policy

The four videos below explain the methods used in school for adding, subtraction, multiplication and division. In these videos, the Year 6 children model the language used in the process and the way children should set out their calculation. This may be helpful for you when supporting your child with their maths homework.

 

Column Addition

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In this video a Year 6 child explains the process and the layout of column addition. This is in line with our calculation policy.

Column Subtraction

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In this video a Year 6 child explains the process and the layout of column subtraction. This is in line with our calculation policy.

Formal written method for multiplication (long multiplication)

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In this video a Year 6 child explains the process and the layout of long multiplication. This is in line with our calculation policy.

Formal written method for division (bus stop)

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In this video a Year 6 child explains the process and the layout of short division (bus stop). Short division is the preferred method of division when dividing by smaller numbers (less than 20). In Year 5/6 children are introduced to long division for dividing by larger numbers. The video for long division is coming soon. . .

Each lesson allows an opportunity for children to practise their mental maths, or learn a new mental Maths strategy. The children in Years 3-5 each have a Numeracy Passport and they try hard to achieve their targets to move onto a new geographical region. 

 

Additionally, all children have a Times Table Rockstars login. This website is a resource children can use at home to practise their times tables. https://ttrockstars.com/ 

Children's timestables are regularly tested and progress is tracked. 

Parents' Section

How you can help your child with Maths?

We are aware that supporting your child in maths can be difficult at times. Sometimes the methods or language we use in school today can differ from what you would have learnt in school. To ensure consistency between school and home, and to avoid confusing your young mathematician, check out this fantastic resource provided by London Grid for Learning. 

This website has videos demonstrating some of the key skills for your child's year group. 

(If a username/password is required, use your child's USO to login. This should be found in your child's homework diary or PACT book.)

 

 

Other ways to help your child at home

Try to make maths as much fun as possible - games, puzzles and jigsaws are a great way to start. It's also important to show how we use maths skills in our everyday lives and to involve your child in this.

Identifying problems and solving them can also help your child develop maths skills. If you see him or her puzzling over something, talk about the problem and try to work out the solution together.

Don't shy away from maths if you didn’t like it at school. Try to find new ways to enjoy the subject with your child.

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.
  • Let your child handle money and work out how much things cost.
  • Look together for numbers on street signs and car registration plates.

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