The New Mathematics Curriculum

Recently we hosted a ‘Maths Explained’ evening.  The evening was designed to help our parents to understand how maths is taught in school and how you can help your children to enjoy and improve their maths skills.

We received lots of positive feedback about the evening and are looking at ways we can continue to keep you informed about maths in school.  The presentation slides from the evening can be downloaded here.

The way maths is taught has changed recently with an increased expectation in what our children will be able do at an early stage, for example;

Year 1 (Strand 2 – Counting and understanding number)

OLD – Count reliably at least 20 objects

NEW – Count to and across 100, forwards and backwards beginning with 0 or 1, or from any given number.

Year 2 (Strand 2 – Counting and understanding number)

OLD – Read and write numerals from 0 to 20, then beyond.  Use knowledge of place value to position these numbers on a number track and number line.

NEW – Count, read and write numbers to 100 in numerals, Count in multiples of twos, fives and tens.

Our teaching in class incorporates these new expectations but there are still lots of ways you can help your child at home.

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  • When going up and down stairs why not practice your counting?
  • On the bus or in the car why not count objects you see on your journey – bikes/post box/red cars/
  • Never miss an opportunity to practice telling the time using analogue clocks, numbers/Roman Numerals, 12/24hr
  • Use food such as cakes to practice fractions, can you break that biscuit into halfs/quarters?
  • When shopping try weighing fruit and vegetables or practice using money?

As part of the evening we looked at maths software that we are using in school.  We have signed up to a program called “Sum Dog“.  Each child has a personal login that enables the school to track, monitor and steer their use and learning.  You can access Sum Dog on an iPad via the free app or on Android devices or PCs you can log into the website.  We are running a Sum Dog lunchtime club in school if your child is not able to access it at home.

Sum Dog Screen Shot

You might also like to look at the following websites:
(These are external websites and are outside the control of the school)

Squeebles times tables
Early birds
Steve storm tables of doom.

If you have any questions about maths in school please just ask.