All pupils in year 5 and 6 study mathematics for 5 hours a week, with pupils in year 7 and 8 studying for 4 hours. Some children receive an additional hour (either in small groups or whole class) as needed, Children are taught in ability sets to ensure each child feels suitably challenged each lesson. The groupings are reviewed regularly and children can move from one ability group to another if we feel this is appropriate. In addition to on-going teacher assessment throughout the year and marking of homework, Optional and Statutory tests are used termly in each year group to monitor progress and to set individual pupil targets. Each lesson in maths begins with a quick starter activity to keep mental skills sharp whilst having fun. Children in key stage 2 follow the QCA primary curriculum, preparing them with the necessary number skills and understanding of shape and data . We aim to make maths enjoyable and accessible for all, whilst preparing students with a solid grasp and understanding of number.
In Key stage 3, we build on these embedded skills and continue to teach maths following the QCA guidelines. Functional maths activities help children to see the relevance of maths in the real world and are used regularly within topics so that children will know how they can apply the skills they are learning outside the classroom. Homework is set in maths to practise skills and to further develop learning. We appreciate parental support and encourage parents and family members to practice telling the time, multiplication tables and division facts.
ICT in Maths
ICT is used in maths to support and enhance the learning inside and outside the classroom. Children have access to websites to support their maths and have their own individual log in and password details.
MyMaths (www.mymaths.co.uk) is a set of online maths homework and support activities that children may be assigned or that they can access any time they wish. There are support activities that children can use if they find a topic difficult in class and wish to practise further outside the classroom.