Maths and the Connected Curriculum
In line with the Connected Curriculum, teachers plan and facilitate children with opportunities to use and apply their Maths skills in different contexts across the curriculum.
Year 4: “We looked at Tax and saw how much money is spent on schools.”
Year 6: “I drew a bar graph to show how many people recycled correctly and how many recycled incorrectly.”
Year 5: “We looked at working out costs and working to a budget.”
At Iceni Academy, the teaching of Maths is taught through a small steps approach. Teachers adapt their planning to meet the needs of the children in the class. Maths lessons utilise mathematical talk and varied fluency to support children to move through pictorial, concreate and abstract concepts to achieve Maths mastery. Lessons also include problem solving and reasoning questions to give children an opportunity to apply the Maths learnt in different contexts which encourages them to think out of the box, apply their learning to real-life contexts and articulate their learning. This year we have also developed Maths VIPERS which incorporates children's reading skills within Maths.
Practical and outdoor learning
Teachers plan learning experiences which use resources and outside learning to support engagement and progress.
Maths learning environment
Every class has a Math Working Wall which reflects the children’s learning, it aims to support the use of mathematical vocabulary and independence in class.
In addition to the Working Wall, teachers display modelling to support children’s progress and independence.
To celebrate children’s progress in Maths, each class has a WOW Maths Wall. It is updated half-termly and on it each child has work displayed. Work can be selected for a number of reasons, including: presentation, well explained problem solving and reasoning questions, a conference that moved learning forwards or verbal feedback that supported independence.
To further support the children’s mathematical fluency, all children have access to Times Tables Rock Stars (TTRS). This is an online platform where children can learn and practice their times tables set by their teachers. All children are baselined half-termly to track progress. To support progress, they have their individual username and password to access TTRS at home.
At the request of the children, we have reintroduced the Golden 100. Children have to correctly answer 100 time tables questions in a set amount of time depending on their year group. Once this challenge is complete children can work towards their Golden 100 Division. When a child achieves either of these, it is celebrated in the weekly POW assembly and children receive a badge they can wear with pride.
Each class has the Multiplication Monsters displayed as well as a large multiplications grid and resources that the children can access to support their learning.
Mental Maths and arithmetic
To support children’s mental Maths and arithmetic skills, children across the school do Fluent in 5. Children have five questions to complete in five minutes. It is used to identify gaps in children’s knowledge and confidence, this can then lead to an intervention, conference or recapping something as a whole class.
Maths life skills
Maths skills are life skills. At Iceni Academy we acknowledge that children need to leave primary school with mathematical life skills, such as telling the time. This is a current focus in the school. Each class has a display around their clock to support this.
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