St Mary and St Peter Catholic Primary School

Mathematics

Our Vision for Mathematics

At St Mary and St Peter, we want all children to love Maths so that they develop positive attitudes towards maths and are confident and independent in using mathematics daily - in or out of school!  We want them not to think of maths as a separate skill or subject but instead, to think of it is part of their daily language for communication - to help them explain their understanding of the world around them and the context they are living in.

We know that Maths can be an area that many children and adults feel less confident in.  Teachers support children to identify that success is a result of long-term effort that is applied to finely pitched challenges. Along the way there will be smaller stepping-stones of success gained from tackling the range of challenges they are set. When children persevere and are resilient to making mistakes, their learning develops to become deep-rooted so that they have full confidence in what they have learnt and can re-use that learning in the future.

Maths - No Problem!

In September 2021 St mary and St Peter Catholic Primary School began our journey with Maths — No Problem! after we found that our maths attainment had been declining in some year groups. With statements like “I’m rubbish at maths” or “I’ll never be any good at maths” getting increasingly more commonplace, some of our children were becoming more and more disenchanted with the subject.

When children started in Year 6, their knowledge of number and place value was often a limiting factor which negatively affected the rest of their mathematical journey. Put simply, children struggled with more complex mathematics because they did not understand the key foundational concepts.

It was clear we needed to make significant changes to our teaching practice and with support from the Maths Hub we began researching the Singapore approach.

Their switch to maths mastery has changed the way their pupils see mathematics. There is more joy, curiosity, and excitement for the subject at every year level; and of course, their attainment and results have gone up too.

The National Curriculum

In the National Curriculum, there are three Aims central to everything within the Mathematics:

  • Reasoning – following a line of enquiry, conjecturing ideas, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language;
  • Fluency – being able to make connections and use what they know to find out what they don’t know, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding;
  • Problem solving – applying their skills to a variety of problems, breaking them down into smaller steps in order to solve them.

Everything we do in Maths is designed to achieve these aims. Every Maths lesson should be a problem solving lesson!

Calculations

Our Calculation Policy is used to help children deepen their understanding of how number works.  We are working with the children to up date how we present the policy to make it easier for you and them to understand.   Please be patient with us if your class is not up yet it will be soon!

Year 1 Add  Year 1 Subtract  Year 1 Multiply

Year 2 Add  Y2 Subtract  Year 2 Multiply  Y2 Divide

Year 3 Add Year 3 Subtract Year 3 Multiply  Year 3 Divide

Year 4 Add  Year 4 Subtract  Year 4 Multiply  Year 4 Divide

Year 5 Add Year 5 Subtract Year 5 Multiply  Year 5 Divide

Learning Times Tables

Times Tables Rock Stars

When it comes to times tables, speed AND accuracy are important – the more facts your child remembers, the easier it is for them to do harder calculations. Times Table Rock Stars is a fun and challenging programme designed to help pupils master the times tables. To be a Times Table Rock Star you need to answer any multiplication fact up to 12×12 in less than 3 seconds!

Executive Headteacher:
Mrs Priscilla Crane

SENCo:
Mrs Michelle Unstead

Phone:
01493 445 117

Email: office@smspprimary.norfolk.sch.uk

Address

East Anglian Way
Gorleston,
Great Yarmouth,
NR31 6QY