Swinefleet Primary Maths Area
How do we learn Maths?
At Swinefleet Primary School, we have lessons that just focus on maths but we also use our maths skills throughout the curriculum.
Examples of times that we use our maths skills in other areas might include when measuring in DT such as when cooking or constructing things. Maths is used throughout science especially when carrying out investigations by recording time, measurements and even recording our data in tables. Presenting findings in science gives us the opportunity to apply our data handling skills and use these to interpret and discuss what we have found out. In art we can use our knowledge of shape and symmetry to create striking designs. Many people do not realise that when we are reading we can use maths such as when Rubies read 'The Hungry Caterpillar' and count the huge amounts of food the caterpillar eats. Using maps in geography means that we have to use our knowledge of coordinates and scales. History is another area in which we regularly use maths skills working our differences in time when creating timelines.
How many areas of the curriculum and daily activities can you think of when you are using your maths skills?
Big Maths and Little Maths
At Swinefleet Primary School, we have Big Maths and Big Little Maths sessions. These sessions help us to focus on the number facts we need to know throughout our maths and help sharpen our mental maths skills. These are quick sessions and one of our favourite activities involves playing the beat teacher when recalling number facts.
Look at Miss Bishell-Wells' Big Maths session example to see what these sessions look like. There is also an example of one of the progress drives that the children use when learning to read numbers and the Big Maths characters.
Look at the document below to see the methods that we use within our school.
Each week the children practise their times tables. In key stage 2 the children undertake an epic times tables challenge against the clock.
At present the quickest score is 144 correct random times tables in just over 4 minutes. I wonder if any of the children can beat this? Keep an eye on the newsletter and twitter for updates.
To help us with our problem solving we are starting to roll out the bar model across school. The model is used in Singapore and is already proving successful in Sapphires class in helping them to visualise problems. Look at Miss Bishell-Wells' example PowerPoints for ideas on how the model is used. Keep an eye out for examples of this in use by the children.
Miss Bishell-Wells and Miss Parkin have been busy working with other teachers, lead by a member of the maths hub, to look at mastery maths and how to use this within the classroom. They have been using these ideas within their classes looking at how to stretch the children's understanding and challenge them to apply their learning 'outside the box'. Mastery means that they are really testing the children's understanding. Work is differentiated depending on the depth that the children go to. Miss Bishell-Wells and Miss Parkin are now going to work on this with the other teachers and continue their own learning in this new approach.