Maths Resources

Here you will be able to find resources that will help you to support your child at home with their learning in maths.

 

The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:

• become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately

• reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language

• can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

 

Children, when introduced to a new concept, should have the opportunity to build competency.  An approach we take, as suggested by White Rose Maths, the scheme we use in school, involves beginning with concrete resources, moving on to pictorial and then to abstract.

Concrete–children should have the opportunity to use concrete objects and manipulatives to help them understand what they are doing.

Pictorial–alongside these children should use pictorial representations.  These representations can then be used to help reason and solve problems.

Abstract–both concrete and pictorial representations should support children’s understanding of abstract methods.

 

We combine these approaches with  Mathematical Talk within lessons, asking questions which are designed to unpick the structure of the maths and deepen the children’s understanding. When children talk about maths concepts, they develop the vital mathematical language that helps them explain their ideas. We also build in Varied Fluency - questions which build on and from concrete, to pictorial and abstract methods, developing children’s skills. We then look at Reasoning and Problem-Solving, providing opportunities for the children to apply their skills in a range of contexts.

 

Children in reception work towards meeting the Mathematics Early Learning Goals in Number and Shape, Space and Measures. Below you will find a link for the Development Matters Document for more information. There is also an information booklet which may provide additional guidance in supporting your child during their mathematical development. 

 

Many parents find that their children are using methods or strategies, which are very different from those that they used and are familiar with. This can often cause confusion when trying to support your child at home. Please look at the calculation guidance which shows you the strategies your child will be using; the progression your child may make, and the language that is used to support your child in developing their understanding of different methods and processes. The guidance also highlights for you the progression from using concrete resources, to pictorial, to abstract.

 

Children will always progress at different speeds. However, support from you will always undoubtedly be of great benefit to them. You will also find below links to supporting documents, arranged according to year groups, which have been adapted from different sources found on the internet. If you have any questions, please do contact us and we will be pleased to discuss the strategies with you. 

 

Also included here are some other pages that you may find useful when helping your child with Mathematics.

 

Links

www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/numbers/wholenumbers/
https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/
https://uk.ixl.com/   (Practice Maths and English that feels like playing)
http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button
http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/times-tables
http://learnyourtables.co.uk/
http://www.multiplication.com/

 

 

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