Welcome To Magnificent Maths!
At Holly Hill Primary School we love Maths and enjoy nothing better than grappling with some complicated problems. Maths has just become a whole lot more exciting as we began the New Year with a new maths programme - Power Maths.
Power Maths is a scheme which is dedicated to the Mastery of mathematics for all pupils from F2 to Year 6. There is a definite buzz around school about maths and the children are very positive that our teaching/learning through a small steps approach enables them more time to understand new concepts and to deepen their understanding. We have a consistent approach to teaching maths across our school and the children are building their familiarity with all aspects of this, so that their transitions between year groups can be much smoother.
The following documents summarise the way we approach calculation in our year groups. It is detailed guidance and very helpful for specific reference to each area of maths that is taught. It informs both what and how the children are learning to calculate in each age group. All teaching and learning begin with concrete models and as understanding grows in each small step children are able to use pictures and then symbols to represent their understanding and reasoning. Understanding, reasoning and problem solving along with flexibility in the use of strategies and some essential recall (times tables, number bonds and counting) are the ingredients for fluency in calculation.
Please refer to these policies for an overview of what your children will be learning in maths and for guidance on how to support them at home in the same way we are doing things in school.
Thank you to all the parents who returned the questionnaire regarding maths homework.
We had 39 responses to this questionnaire sent out in November 2019. Your opinions and wishes mattered lots to us and we have tried to enable a solution which will suit the vast majority. There were lots of useful comments and views expressed on the surveys but overall the majority of parents were in favour of a choice of homework which includes practical activities and real world investigation, online games and programmes and paper based activities. There was some strength of feeling expressed against homework too. We understand that all children have different preferences and some will not want to engage in further work once their school day is complete. If children only do a little at home we agreed that we would rather they read than anything else.
So our decision tries to reach a compromise:
We will send paper homework for maths every two weeks or so. This will follow what children have already been taught and need to practise. Children, if they wish, may bring their homework back to school once complete but there will be no requirement to do this unless the class teacher tells your child otherwise.
Our online programmes are fun and should be used regularly for best effect if your child is able to access the internet at home. For maths these are:
Mathletics (F2 to Y6)
Times Tables Rockstars (Year 2 to 6)
Numbots (Year 1 and 2)
Children all have their usernames and passwords for these in their reading diaries so they can access them at home.
Practical activities: For children who prefer, curriculum newsletters will include suggestions (if appropriate) of mathematical investigations and/or outdoor opportunities for maths to embrace our school priority of outdoor play and learning (Opal).
Hopefully amongst this choice there will be something enjoyable for everybody to have a go at.