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At Meadlands, we are passionate about teaching Maths. We love seeing our pupils develop that same passion for the subject and aspiring to be challenged. A significant proportion of our Mathematics curriculum is focused on key number skills. We have a clear calculation guide (attached below) for parents that will guide you through the methods we use to teach pupils the 4 operations.

 

Maths lessons are taught daily, with children learning in mixed ability class groups. An exception is in Year 6, where we have very successfully implemented Maths Families. We follow the White Rose Maths Hub scheme of work, where topics such as fractions, calculation, geometry, are taught in blocks. This allows pupils to grasp a new concept and apply their new learning to reasoning and problem solving activities. It also provides less confident mathematicians time to really develop a secure and solid foundation of basic understanding.

 

Alongside our maths lessons, we also run booster sessions which can be before or during school. These booster sessions will be led by either the Class Teacher or Teaching Assistance and will made up of pupils who are showing the same mathematical misconception. These booster sessions will run for a short duration with the aim to help develop pupils' understanding of one simple identified area. We have had much success with these and this is just one way we make sure all children are given the opportunity to succeed. If you would like to read more about the teaching and learning of Mathematics please follow this link to read the Mathematics policy https://primarysite-prod-sorted.s3.amazonaws.com/meadlandsrichmond/UploadedDocument/80610b9ec4be4778ae54acca6d823d52/mathematics-policy-jan-16.pdf

 

As Maths Leader I am continually monitoring teaching and learning throughout the school and developing my own understanding of what we can do to make maths even stronger. A recent review from advisors stated that ‘maths is exceptionally well led and a high level of challenge was seen within lessons’. This can also be reflected in our KS1 and KS2 SATS data which is significantly above national average. Last year, the amount of progress our Year 6 pupils made from KS1 to KS2 in maths was the highest out of all Kingston and Richmond Primary Schools. If you would like to see further analysis of our maths data please follow this lin http://www.meadlands.richmond.sch.uk/results/.

 

Year

Meadlands

National

 

Expected Standard

Greater Depth

Expected Standard

Greater Depth

2016

84%

18%

70%

13%

2017

83%

33%

75%

21%

 

If you were to visit Meadlands you would see language rich classrooms with each class dedicating a board or corner to a maths display that will reflect the current topic being taught. You will see independent pupils who challenge the teachers with interesting observations and generalisations. We have developed a culture where pupils aspire to be challenged and have the confidence to move themselves on with their work. Pupils books will not show pages of similar questions, but instead a range of questioning which will get progressively harder. Purple pen is used by all children when they have to demonstrate their mathematical understanding.

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

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Maths Awards:

Meadlands’ Times Table Challenge

With the announcement that Year 4 will now be completing multiplication tests, it is imperative that all pupils in every year group learn their assigned tables.

To motivate pupils to learn their multiplication tables an award system has been designed involving Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond certificates which link to the times tables the pupils are expected to know at the end of set year groups. The pupils need to learn their tables and complete a timed test in order to receive their certificate. Certificates are then awarded in the Friday Achievement Assembly.

 

Name of the award

Times tables

Time given – mins

Number of questions

Bronze award – Year 1

Number bonds to 10

2

10

Silver award – Year 1

Number bonds to 20

2

10

Gold Award – Year 1

10 times table

2

15

Silver Award – Year 2

2,5,10

3

20

Gold Award – Year 2

2,5,10 – times and division

4

20

Bronze Award – Year 3

1,2,3,4,5,10

5

60

Silver Award – Year 3

1,2,3,4,5,8,10

5

60

Gold Award – Year 3

2,3,4,5,8,10 times and division

5

60

Platinum

1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9, 10, 11, 12 times

5

60

Diamond

1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9, 10, 11, 12 times and division

5

60

End of year expectations

  • Year 2 - Recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 2,5 and 10 times table
  • Year 3 - Recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 3,4 and 8 times table
  • Year 4 - Recall and use multiplication and division facts for 12 x 12

 

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