What our pupils say about Maths at Wheatfields
Our lessons are always challenging and push us to the limits! - Emily, Year 6
It's really fun! Even when it is difficult, our teacher helps us by giving us strategies, which then help to make it easier. - Isabel, Year 6
We get to choose our own challenge level in each lesson and have to think carefully about which one is right for us. - Matthew, Year 5
Inspirational maths week was exciting! It made me more confident about Maths because it taught me that speed isn't important and making mistakes is a good thing! - Sophie, Year 6
We use resources a lot - they help us to understand maths more and see it. - Oliver, Year 5
Wheatfields’ Maths Philosophy
Our philosophy for teaching maths at Wheatfields is:
•to create a positive, supportive and collaborative classroom environment where children feel confident to try things, get ‘stuck’, discuss, ask questions, make choices, take risks and challenge themselves, without limits
•to develop children’s mathematical thinking through a variety of relevant, engaging and practical activities including problem solving, games, investigations and real life maths
•to nurture our children to develop as independent mathematicians with mathematical confidence, mathematical capability they can apply in the real world and an overall love of and curiosity about maths
At Wheatfields, we are developing a mastery approach in Mathematics whereby all children develop a deep understanding of the mathematics they are learning. We are continually aiming to raise the standards of achievement of all pupils building upon solid foundations; thus ensuring gaps in attainment are narrowed and overall attainment is raised.
Our mastery approach in Mathematics at Wheatfields is:
•A belief that all pupils are capable of understanding maths and are given sufficient time to do so
•To keep the class working together on the same topic ensuring all achieve mastery whilst some gain greater depth of proficiency and understanding
•Challenge is provided by going deeper rather than accelerating into new content
•Fluency is developed through strong conceptual understanding (use of manipulatives, regular fluency feeders, strategy exploration and explanation)
Mental mathematics / Arithmetic
We want pupils to work mentally whenever possible and develop their ‘number sense’. Mental maths is included in the daily mathematics lesson. Many lessons will start to develop calculation skills and children’s efficiency of these.
Multiplication Tables and Corresponding Division Facts
The Curriculum provides that all multiplication tables are learned by the end of year 4 and Wheatfields supports children to learn their times tables and related facts through:
- A concrete, pictorial, abstract approach
- Regular fluency feeders and lesson focuses teaching specific strategies
- Providing Number Gym at home for children to practice
Maths achievement in the school at the end of Key Stage 2 is good. In the 2016 tests , where the national curriculum bar was raised, 79% of our children achieved the national standard in comparison to 69.7% nationally and 72.6% in Hertfordshire. 28% of our children achieved working at greater depth in comparison to 16.6% nationally and 19% in Hertfordshire.
The school subscribes to online resources including My Maths and Number Gym. Pupils can log in and access the material on these websites to support, consolidate and extend their learning.
Helping your child at home
There are many ways you can help your child develop their maths skills at home:
Parent Workshop - We held a maths parent workshop in June 2016 to help parents better understand how their child is taught maths at school. Please click here to read the handout from the workshop.
We have subscribed to the online MyMaths Online Resource. Children have been issued with a letter with their individual logon details. The School general logon is "wheat" password "junior". Any further queries please contact your child's class teacher.
http://www.numbergym.co.uk/ - Username: Wheatfields Password: Junior