Maths is an important aspect of everyday life and we hope children will enjoy developing a solid foundation of number, logic, reasoning and problem solving. It is easy for children to have misconceptions in maths and we find a varied approach to teaching maths helps children make sense and strong connections and allows children to develop a range of skills and strategies.
As part of teaching the National Curriculum we find that all children from Foundation to Y6 learn by exploring with practical apparatus and picture representations of number as well as using formal methods (we call this concrete to abstract).
During a typical week, children will have a practical maths lesson then move on to other methods before using their knowledge to solve problems, investigate and reason.
If you wish to help your child to enjoy and do well within maths there are lots of simple things you can do at home from playing games (snakes and ladders to battleships or darts!), planning days out including money, travel, timetables, shopping and baking. There are too many great opportunities to list but if you want some ideas come and ask any of the teachers within school.
We hope children quickly become secure with number bonds, understand place value, times tables and division facts and become better at estimating very big and very small numbers. Lots of practice little and often is the key to this and maths is taught beyond the confines of the maths lesson.
Whatever your own experiences in maths is, it can be fun. Please never see maths homework as a chore! If your child has difficulty with any homework, please don't worry or allow them to worry. Come and see us and we can 'go back to basics' and help your child with any difficult concept.