Maths at Blackheath
Maths at Blackheath
At Blackheath it is our aim to provide children with the processes and knowledge to become competent Mathematicians and skilful and creative problem solvers in the wider world. In our Maths lessons, we facilitate learning which is lively, engaging and innovative to foster fascination and a love of learning in our pupils. We aim to make learning in Maths as practical and hands on as possible and also aim to place taught skills into real life contexts and evident cross curricular through our creative topics.
Maths is taught on a daily basis throughout school. In our lessons, we use a range of models and representations to support learning and help create a visual image to aid understanding. We encourage children to become independent in their approaches to Maths and place an emphasis on their reasoning behind their answers.
As a school we have chosen to create our own personalised scheme of work tailor made to fully cover and embed the maths curriculum in each year group and to best support and challenge children of all abilities. We have a thorough approach to assessment and fully understand each of our pupils’ strengths and areas for development. We use a staging system whereby each stage demonstrates a different year group expectation from the new National Curriculum. Eg. Stage 2 is Year 2 objectives. Please see our Stage Target Sheets below.
Children are also expected to know all of their times tables up to 12 x 12 by the end of Year 4 in the New Curriculum. We use Times Table Rockstars to develop this across school. However, please continue to support your child with learning their times tables at home also.
Due to the Covid-19 situation, we have amended and adapted our stage targets for 2020-2021. As a result of missed teaching, gaps have been identified and built into stage targets and planning for this academic year in order to enable children to catch up effectively.
At Blackheath, we follow a greater depth model in Maths, whereby objectives are taught comprehensively until they are securely understood by children before moving on. We follow a new learning, consolidation and then application sequence in Maths allowing children to problem solve using their fluency skills acquired. For children who show a deepened understanding in objectives, Mylo’s Mastery is used.
Mylo’s Mastery deepens understanding of objectives, allowing children to Use it! Explain it! and Prove it! The questions used by Mylo’s Mastery encourages children to reason their conceptual understanding, use a variety of methods to prove their answers and explore multiple representations within problems.
Problem solving is embedded throughout all aspects of our Maths lessons. We encourage our children to actively reason and problem solve at every opportunity in Maths lessons. However, we also engage in structured problem solving focussed lessons regularly. During this time, children are taught specific problem solving skills and provided the opportunity to explore problems for themselves in a practical manner. These are fun sessions which result in some fabulous and innovative work!
Maths at Blackheath is exciting! If you have any questions regarding Maths in your child’s class or as a whole, please feel free to speak to your class teacher or Miss Perks (Maths Leader).
Please find useful resources and materials to help support your children at home by clicking on the ‘Home Learning’ button at the top of the page.
Method Letters to Parents
Year Group Stage Targets
Times table fluency is essential in building mathematical ability and it is a National expectation that by the end of Year 4, children should know all tables up to 12×12 fluently. Practising this regularly at home too can really help.
Times Tables Rock Stars (TTRS) is a fun and challenging programme designed to help children master the times tables. The website provides simple games so children can reinforce their times tables and related division facts. The Government expectation is that nine year olds must know all of the multiplication facts and corresponding division facts up to 12×12. As the children answer the questions, they are assigned a Rock status. When it comes to times tables, speed AND accuracy are important – the more facts your child remembers, the easier it is for them to do harder calculations.