Here at St Wulstan's, we teach Maths through a Mastery approach. We are now in our third year of teaching Maths in this way and our children are extremely enthusiastic about their Maths lessons. We have noticed a rise in attainment since teaching Maths in this way and for two years running, our SATs results have been above national average (this is for both attainment and progress). During our Maths lessons, the children use concrete resources to help them gain a deep understanding of the Curriculum. Lessons begin with children exploring a problem through an in focus and they are then taken through a journey of learning, guided by their teachers. This gives the children the opportunity to work collaboratively, in pairs or independently.
Here are the visions and values we have in our subject...
•We believe that all of our children CAN achieve in Maths.
•Our Maths curriculum is designed to embed learning into children’s long term memory
•We do this by giving children opportunities to explore Mathematical concepts.
•Our Maths curriculum is designed to ensure children become fluent with number facts.
•We aim to ensure children leave St Wulstan’s with a secure understanding of number
Children work extremely hard during their time in school. However, if you would like to help your child with their learning at home, here are some aspects to focus on...
- Number bonds to 10 and 20.
- Number facts to 20
- Adding 10 to any single digit number (knowing the units don't change)
- Adding and subtracting 10 to any 2 digit number
- Near doubles e.g 7 + 6=
- Adding 1 and 0 to any number
- Number bonds to 10, 20, 100, 1000
- Adding 10, 100, 1000 to any number number (knowing the units don't change)
- Decimal and fraction fluency e.g 0.4 + __ = 1 4/10 + ? = 1
- Doubling and halving
- Dividing and multiplying by 10 100 1000
- Addition strategies- knowing addition facts to instantly recall e.g. 4 +8
- Dividing/multiplying by one and 0.
- Times Tables
The website below is engaging and fun for children and helps them to practice their fluency skills.
Top Marks: Hit the Button
Children in KS1 will also benefit from watching the BBC one programme 'NumberBlocks.’ There are powerful Mathematical concepts behind this programme and it is also very engaging. The episodes can be found on BBC I Player.
During the Autumn term, taster sessions were held for parents of children in KS1 and KS2 to help them understand our Maths approach.
Here are some of the activities they engaged in. Could you solve any of these with your children?