Maths gives us hope that every problem has a solution.
The Connective Model
At Swimbridge, we believe that learning mathematics and demonstrating understanding of mathematics involves connecting real experiences, contexts, mathematical images/concrete materials, language and symbols.
We ensure the use of high quality materials and tasks to support learning and provide access to learning for all. These may include problems solving activities, visual images and concrete resources (e.g. counters, number lines).
The Calculation Policy
The school Calculation Policy for Mathematics illustrates how learning is broken down into small, connected steps, building from what pupils already know. Sufficient time is spent on key concepts to ensure learning is well developed and deeply embedded before moving on. Contexts and representations are carefully chosen to develop pupils’ reasoning skills and to help pupils link concrete ideas to abstract mathematical concepts.
Each class is equipped with a range of mathematical resources and apparatus relevant to the year group. Our calculation policy also provides a progression of vocabulary and language taught within each year group to ensure consistency as children move through the school.
Supporting with Maths at Home
When you think about it, modern life is just full of maths: Telling the time, looking at timetables, setting the table, preparing food. Bills and activities like decorating and gardening provide children with a steady stream of real life mathematics to think about - if you talk with them and allow them the opportunities to participate.
Children being included in the adult world teaches them that maths isn’t just for the classroom. All this said, mathematics is something that some parents or carers may feel less confident in. To get you started, here are some ways you can include your child in mathematics at home:
Baking and cooking require measuring with weight, volume and setting temperatures. It includes ratio if you’re making extra large quantities.
Gardening requires plenty of measuring and counting to make sure the plants will fit.
Lottery Results numbers are put in order and children will enjoy checking for a big win.
Card games are full of maths - helping rapid addition and developing logical thinking (probability, estimation) and memory-key attributes for success in mathematics.
Board games like Snakes and Ladders or Ludo boost confidence in counting on and using number squares and lines.
Parents and carers can support their child by helping them learn and recall basic facts like number bonds and times tables. Times tables are vital knowledge. To work with both larger numbers and decimals, shape, measures and data, we need fast fluent recall of all tables.
Children should be fluent in tables up to 12 x 12 by the end of Lower key Stage 2. There is a national check for children at the end of year 4.
As a school we are using Times Tables Rockstars to encourage our children to be confident mathematicians who can easily recall the times tables number facts. This provides a fun, competitive and light hearted way for children to learn their times tables.