Maths and Useful Links
Maths is led by the CORE Maths team.
Sarah Frost, Alex Goodwin and Charlotte Hickson.
Our Maths Co-ordinator at Warmingham is Sarah Frost.
Mathematics introduces children to concepts, skills and thinking strategies that are essential in everyday life and support learning across the curriculum. It helps children make sense of the numbers, patterns and shapes they see in the world around them, offers ways of handling data in an increasingly digital world and makes a crucial contribution to their development as successful learners. Studying mathematics stimulates curiosity, fosters creativity and equips children with the skills they need in life beyond school.
Following extensive pedagogical research about teaching mathematics, we were particularly inspired by the approach of Ban Har Yeap and his focus on all children being ‘mathematicians’, with a solid conceptual understanding, rather than children who learn mathematical procedures.
At Warmingham C of E Primary School we follow the new National Curriculum for Mathematics supported Maths No Problem resources. This is supplemented by White Rose materials, NCTEM resources and Numicom manipulatives and resources. In daily maths lessons, children work in mixed ability classes with daily discrete teaching of mathematics and also apply mathematical skills through a topic-based approach. We aim to deliver an inspiring and engaging curriculum through high quality teaching, enabling the children at Warmingham to be numerate, creative, independent, inquisitive, enquiring and confident. A mastery curriculum promotes a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject so that children are fluent at mathematics, possess a growing confidence to reason mathematically and the ability to apply maths to solve problems. Lessons are scaffolded to support struggling learners and rich, sophisticated problems are set to challenge advanced learners. We endeavour to ensure that children develop a positive and enthusiastic attitude towards mathematics that will stay with them throughout their lives.
Our school uses a variety of teaching and learning styles in mathematics. Our principle aim is to develop children’s knowledge, skills and understanding. All children are encouraged to be active participants during whole class teaching. They are presented with a wide range of models and images to aid their understanding, such as number lines, bead bars, number squares, digit cards and small apparatus. Alongside concrete and pictorial representations, we teach mental strategies and formal written methods progressively throughout the school, in line with our school calculation procedure. The children learn in a fun and practical way which ensures they have a concrete understanding of concepts before moving on.
As well as secure arithmetic skills, the new curriculum requires children to demonstrate mathematical fluency through problem solving and reasoning. At Warmingham, we provide children with opportunities to apply their knowledge to solve problems and deepen their understanding of concepts by encouraging mathematical talk to explain ‘why’.
The teaching of mathematics in the Foundation Stage consists of daily maths workshops that focus on specific areas of the subject. These sessions focus on counting, using number names in the correct order and recognising numbers in the environment.
To ensure that our children are making significant progress we use range of assessment techniques. We value our staffs’ skill in formative assessment and we regularly undertake moderation within our MAT and cluster schools which ensures accurate and robust judgements.
Fluency and Times Tables:
We teach maths fluency and times tables both in and outside the maths lesson. The focus of this is to make sure there are the building blocks of mental methods and quick recall of number facts to enable the children to then tackle problem solving and reasoning questions within lessons.
Times Tables Expectations:
A list of the sequence in which we teach times tables at Warmingham C of E. Primary School is as follows:
Year 2 - 2,3,5,10
Year 3 - 2,3,5,10,4,8,
Year 4 - 2,5,10,4,8,3,6, 11, 12,7
Year 5&6 - All of the above with revision / emebedding and inverse operations (division) as well as square numbers.
End of Year Maths Expectations:
There are files attached to this page which show the relevant end of year expectations for maths for each year group.
Here is a link to the Numicon webpage; you can access some free resources via the link.
We regularly hold Parent workshops to help support the teaching of maths at home. Look out for our Maths sessions in the summer term!