Maths at Caldecott
At Caldecott, we follow the National Curriculum for mathematics. We teach using the maths mastery approach, following the White Rose Hub Scheme of Work. Our teaching and learning is based around building up fluency and being able to apply in a reasoning and problem solving context.
A number of Year 6s have been selected as Maths Ambassadors. Here is some more information from them:
The job of the Maths Ambassadors is to raise the profile of maths at Caldecott and support other children in enjoying and succeeding at maths. This includes being Maths Buddies to year 3 children. Once a week, we meet up with our buddies and play games to help them learn their times tables. We play a range of games with them such as Hit the Button, Maths Bingo and Times Tables Snakes and Ladders. We also draw times tables flowers
KS2 Times Tables
It is vital that children are fluent with multiplication facts in order to help them solve mathematical problems accurately and confidently. Year 4 children will be taking part in the new Multiplication and Times Table Check in 2020. We have introduced a times tables award system in KS2 to help motivate children to learn their times tables. Here is an explanation from one of our Maths Ambassadors:
The times table certificates here at Caldecott are awarded in three stages: bronze, silver and gold. All children in KS2 have a times tables test once a week. After they have passed a certain number of them, they get their certificates.
For Year 6, to achieve your bronze certificate, you must know all your times tables (including division facts and decimals) up to the 10 times table. Silver is achieved when we pass our 11 and 12 times table tests and gold when we pass our 13s, 14s and 15s. Children who achieve this then move on to platinum level, where they must answer questions using the rules of BODMAS.
This year we will also be introducing Times Table Rock Stars in KS2.
KS1 Number Pairs Challenge
Year 1 and 2 children need to be secure in addition and subtraction facts for all pairs of numbers to 20. We are introducing a Number Pair Challenge with gold, silver and bronze certificates to build up rapid recall.
All children in KS1 and KS2 can log on to MyMaths . Homework is often set on My Maths but children can also access maths games and challenges on-line.
These are some useful websites for practising maths facts such as: time tables, number bonds, division etc…