Spring Term 2018

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Mathematics – Junior

Mathematics teaching at Toftwood Junior School is designed to equip children with the necessary skills to become fluent and accurate mathematicians as they move through Key Stage 2 (year 3 to 6) and prepare for the next phase of their education.

Teachers use White Rose Maths as a teaching tool and Mathematics is taught on a daily basis following the National Curriculum Programme of Study.

Teaching is designed to equip children with the necessary skills to become fluent and accurate in their working, and develops learning and understanding by use of concrete resources and pictorial representations where appropriate.

Learning progression is achieved through using the method of beginning with concrete resources, leading to using pictorial representations and finally mastery of abstract concepts. Pupils learn to use and apply mental and practical strategies to solve problems that they may face in day-to-day life. We aim to make maths as practical and fun as possible, using it in other areas of the curriculum as appropriate to make mathematics meaningful and purposeful.

Children have opportunities to develop fluency, reasoning and problem solving whilst exploring concepts throughout Key Stage 2.

Regular challenges are set for all children to apply reasoning skills to problems and to prove that they have really ‘mastered’ their learning. More complex challenges are also set for children to experience working at greater depth. This approach enables more confident mathematicians to be stretched and challenged, whilst some children will need more consolidation of other mathematical skills. We encourage a ‘learning from our mistakes’ culture, and this is reinforced through our Excellent Learner characteristics.

Further information about mathematics in Key Stage 2 can be found below:

In addition to our mathematics teaching in school we provide two online mathematics learning tools. MyMaths is provided for all children and provides a platform for homework and revision of taught skills, as well as games. Times Table Rock Stars is also provided as a fun and effective way to develop fluency in multiplication.

For additional information about using MyMaths or Times Table Rock Stars please see below.

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