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.
At Petham, we aim to provide a practical broadly balanced mathematics curriculum which will suit the individual needs of our children and show them the usefulness and relevance of maths in their everyday lives. We place a high priority on mathematical achievement and all classes have a daily Maths lesson. Work is differentiated to suit the needs of all our children.
We encourage the children to apply what they have learnt in their Maths lessons in practical ways and you will often see children weighing ingredients to cook with, working out averages for team points or teaching other children a concept they have already mastered themselves.
To support the mental dexterity with numbers we learn number facts, such as number bonds and times tables. These are regularly practised and tested - often in fun ways like times table bingo or Big Maths Beat That. Key Instant Recall Facts (KIRFs) are sent home termly to be learnt to support the children's fluency in number recall.
Outside of the daily Maths lessons, children complete their ‘5 a day’ which is where they develop, practise and apply their methods for and understanding of the four operations - addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
We subscribe to Mathletics, which offers appropriate maths activities and games online. Mathletics is used in lessons, but can also be accessed at home. All children have their own log in and teachers track children's activity and how well they do on the tasks they have been set.