Maths Lead - Mr Porter
Here at Holden Clough, we empower our children with a ‘CAN DO’ attitude in mathematics. We encourage all children to explore their own mathematical understanding, and in doing so, develop their arithmetical proficiency, reasoning and problem solving skills. We want our children to be confident mathematicians who understand the relevance of maths to everyday life. (Full vision statement can be found under the 'Policies & Documents page below)
The National Curriculum
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.
Online Maths Activities
We make a lot of use of online maths games and activities in school. Some of the links below are our most popular.
Why not try some of them out and let us know what you think…?
Why should I play maths games with my child?
Children make progress best as mathematicians when they regularly repeat skills and practise them until they become embedded. This can be quite a long process sometimes, and so the use of the context of an exciting game or interesting activity can be highly motivating. In our experience, our children learn best when they are having fun and that's what games are for!
KS2 BBC maths
Covers everything in Y6
Telling the time and time based questions
Maths Revision and activities
Fun Challenges on NRich
National Numeracy Parent Toolkit has a wealth of tips and advice for parents.
Oxford Owl includes a range of activities, top tips and eBooks to help your child
with their maths at home.
Maths 4 Mums and Dads explains some of the milestones children make between the ages of 3-and-11-years-old.
Nrich. A range of maths games, problems and articles on all areas of maths. Parents of Key Stage 1 children should select ‘stage 1’ and parents of Key Stage
2 children should select ‘stage 2’.
Times Table Rockstars
At Holden Clough, we realise the need for children to be fluent in timestables and related division facts, especially given the fact that in 2020, the Government will start testing children in Year 4 based upon this. Therefore, as a school we have invested heavily in the app 'Times Tables Rockstars' which sets about improving fluency and recall of times tables. Each child has their own login, and teachers can set targeted times tables for children to practice.
Once logged in, children choose their own avatar in the form of a 'Rockstar' and then in turn earn points depending on the amount of practice they do on their times tables. The amount of points corresponds to online coins which can then be spent on improving the appearance of their chosen 'Rockstar.' They even have the opportunity to compete against others around the world through global festivals. (Anonymously of course) The use of the app is now an integral part of our morning work, and children are also encouraged to access it at home. For further information please visit the 'Times Tables Rockstars' Website - https://ttrockstars.com/
Your child is using Mathletics as part of their mathematics program at school. Mathletics is a targeted, rewarding and captivating online learning resource, which is aligned to curriculum standards. Your child has take-home access to Mathletics – they simply sign in with their school username and password using any compatible computer or mobile device.
The extra Mathletics practice at home can make all the difference to your child’s progress. Encourage them to achieve a weekly target of 1000 points to earn a certificate, building through bronze, silver and gold across the school year. Go for gold!
Keep track of your child’s maths progress
Simply visit www.mathletics.com and click Sign in through your device’s browser at www.mathletics.com or download the Student App for offline use. 1 Visit www.mathletics.com/parent
2 Complete the form and click “Submit”
3 Look out for a weekly progress email in your inbox at the beginning of each week.