At East Claydon C of E School, we aim to make Maths as interactive and as fun as possible, interlinking it with our expedition topics and other real-life scenarios. Starting to grasp new concepts in Maths can be quite challenging, so having access to a wide range of concrete resources allows our children to explore these concepts and begin to ask and answer a wide range of questions. As confidence builds, our children explore Maths with various pictorial images; children are able to make their marks to show how they transfer their concrete abilities onto paper. Finally, once children are securing their understanding, we aim to challenge our them further with abstract ideas and problems. There is no expectation for children to all stick to one method in Maths; there is always the flexibility for them to choose the best way to help them succeed. Our children are being taught to be life-long, independent learners and we expect them to take control of how they wish to learn.
Stage not age
We extend our belief that all children are independent and individual so we teach our children in a ‘stage not age’ setting. Our children can access all areas of Maths in the different classrooms according to their needs. Flexibility is something East Claydon embraces wholeheartedly; we are committed to giving your child exactly what they need to thrive.
We teach Maths four times a week in Key Stage 1, in addition to daily ‘Morning Maths’ challenges. Mathematical skills are embedded into the Reception curriculum on a daily basis too, with both teacher-led and child-initiated opportunities to extend their understanding of shape and number. We use the popular Abacus maths framework as a basis for our planning to ensure we have sufficient coverage of all objectives set out by the National Curriculum.
Learning at home
However, school shouldn’t be the only time your children have access to Maths! Every child in the school has their own account on the DoodleMaths app (www.doodlemaths.com), which can be used as often as you’d like on any platform – from phones and tablets to laptops and desktops. DoodleMaths provides daily interactive questions to embed children’s fluency with number, as well as teaching new concepts and providing maths games as rewards. As DoodleMaths gets to know each child’s strengths, content is tailored to provide the right amount of support and challenge. We also have our Love to Learn books, in which you will find your child’s half-termly Maths targets. You can choose to complete any of these at home or any of the homework ideas sent home. Maths is always occurring in day-to-day life too:
- Ask your child what the time is or how long it is until dinner (turn the question back to them!)
- Allow your child to choose the cheaper/more expensive products whilst shopping.
- Ask your child to add up how much they’ve spent in the shop.
- Sharing food out amongst family and friends.
There are many ways in which everyday situations can become Maths situations! You can always speak to your child’s class teacher for ideas on how to support your child at home.
Click here for Maths Curriculum Coverage in Key Stage 1