Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
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
Maths at Elson Junior School is fun!
At Elson Junior School, maths journeys are planned around a key problem. Children will be taught the skills needed to solve the problem and then have a chance to apply these skills in different contexts. During a series of lessons, the children will be developing their fluency, reasoning and problem solving skills. Children are asked to say it, make it, draw it, write it. To support this, we use a range of concrete and pictorial resources in lessons across the whole school for all our learners – place value counters, Numicon, number-lines, arrow cards, bar models, part whole models to name a few! Once children have a clear understanding of the image they can then successfully move to the abstract.
Being fluent at multiplication tables is really important. Children are taught their times tables in school using a range of strategies. By the end of Year 4, children are expected to be fluent at all the multiplication tables. In Year 4, children will take the national Multiplication Tables Check. This is a test administered online where children have to quickly recall multiplication facts at speed from all tables (2, 5, 10, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12). The test will happen in the summer term. Helping your child at home to learn and practise their times tables will really support them in school.
In school we use Times Tables Rock Stars and Education City to support and enhance the children’s learning. Both sites have some fantastic activities for learning tables. If you need your child’s log in details, please contact your child’s teacher. Click on the links.