At Heybrook Primary School the study of Mathematics is highly enjoyable and pupil centred. Pupils undertake lesson throughout school; from the Early Years Foundation Stage to the end of Year Six in a number of different mathematics areas. These include: counting and the number system, calculation, shape, space and measures as well as data handling. Pupils learn a variety of different skills in these lessons, which support lifelong learning, such as problem solving, communication as well as the development of their computing competency.
The overall aims of the programme of study for all pupils is:
- 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
In addition to the main Mathematics lessons, pupils in Year One to Six, take part in BIG MATHS lessons on a weekly basis. These sessions mainly focus on pupil’s ability to answer questions finely focussed on their specific Mathematics targets and current gaps in their learning.
In 2013, the school launched its Addition Facts (KS1) and Times Tables Facts (KS2) competitions which have proved very successful amongst pupils and staff alike. These competitions are allow pupils to learn quickly their age-related number facts and in a fun and enjoyable way. In KS2 pupils are constantly talking about the “180” as it has become known.
For the last three years 90 trainees from the Manchester University Primary PGCE programme have visited the school, often in fancy dress, to deliver a session on mental calculation methods – an afternoon which the children find interesting and enjoyable.
Finally, at Heybrook we are continuing to develop our commitment to those pupils who might find mathematics a challenge. To that end we have a teacher and several teaching assistants trained to deliver Numbers Count, First Class @ Number 1 and 2 and the soon to be launched Success @ Arithmetic.
If you would like any further details about Maths at Heybrook, or to discuss your child’s progress in the subject, please feel free to contact the school and ask to speak to Mr Walker.