At Park Primary we want to nurture a love and enjoyment of mathematics in all of our children so that they are keen to explore different concepts and so discover the wonder of mathematics and how it links to their every-day world.
In addition to our daily maths lessons, each class from Y1 – Y6 has three 20 minute “mini maths” sessions a week. These sessions focus on arithmetic skills with an emphasis on times tables. Children are expected to know their times tables to 12 x12 by the end of Year 4 and will sit a statutory online test at the end of that year. National expectations for the end of each year group are as follows:
Y1 – Count in multiples of 2, 5 and 10
Y2 – Recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 multiplication tables
Y3 – Recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 3, 4 and 8 multiplication tables
Y4 – Recall multiplication and division facts for all multiplication tables up to 12 × 12
Y5 & Y6 – Use their knowledge of multiplication and division facts to multiply and divide decimals and multiples of 10 (e.g.0.7 x ? = 4.2; ? ÷ 6 = 0.9, ? x 80 = 7200)
Children are asked to practise their times tables every week so that they attain and then maintain fluency. This means they have speedy recall both multiplication and division facts (out of order)!
In September 2018, Park Primary School began its journey towards a “Mastery Approach” in the teaching and learning of mathematics. This will be a gradual process and take several years to embed. We have decided to embrace this method of teaching following research and input from the NCETM (National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics) and advice from our local Maths Adviser. As a staff, we are excited about this initiative and look forward to further developing and improving the learning experience for our children.
We are currently involved in designing a new scheme of work in collaboration with Lancashire’s Maths Team while following the National Curriculum for Mathematics 2014. Further details here.