NSPCC Number Day
What a great way to end the half term! The children have been participating in the NSPCC Number Day today. They started off with a PSHE morning, looking at team work and communication skills. The rest of the morning consisted of outdoor Maths where the children were completing tasks to do with shape and measure. In the afternoon, the children took part in a variety of problem solving activities. Some of them were very challenging and it was great to see the children persevere and work together to solve the problems.
The EYFS Framework has recently changed in 2021, with a large focus on number.
The National Curriculum specifies the Maths content that should be taught for KS1 and 2.
How do we teach Maths at Wintringham?
We teach mastery maths. Our ethos is that all children can achieve in this subject as long as we give them the opportunities through the way we teach. Some of the key elements of our teaching at Wintringham are:
How do we teach Maths in Reception?
In Reception, the children have a dedicated 15 minute Maths session everyday and activities based on the classroom learning, indoors and outdoors, with a strong focus on:
* Having a deep understanding of numbers to ten, including the composition of each number
* Subitising (recognising quantities without counting) up to 5
* Automatically recall (without reference to rhymes, counting or other aids) number bonds up to 5 (including subtraction facts) and some number bonds to 10, including double facts.
* Verbally count beyond 20, recognising the pattern of the counting system;
* Compare quantities up to 10 in different contexts, recognising when one quantity is greater than, less than or the same as the other quantity
* Explore and represent patterns within numbers up to 10, including evens and odds, double facts and how quantities can be distributed equally
How do we teach Maths in KS1 and KS2?
We use a range of strategies to teach maths. These include:
How do we assess Maths?
In Reception, the children are assessed on entry. After this, they will be constantly assessed against the Early Learning Goals, which can be seen in the 'How do we teach Maths in Reception?' section above.
In KS1, every 10 weeks, the children undertake an assessment, based on their learning so far, which takes place during assessment week. Also, there will be an assessment based on the children's number bond strategies. Although this assessment is important, the most important assessment is formative assessment, which occurs every day in Maths lessons. Lessons are adapted and changed based on this to ensure all children have the opportunity to succeed.
In KS2, similar to KS1, children undertake an assessment every 10 weeks, based on their learning in class. In addition to this, they will be assessed on their multiplication & division fact knowledge and, if needed, their number bond strategies. Again, like KS1, formative assessment will take place on a daily basis, helping to adapt lessons to the children's needs.
If there is a specific gap in your child's learning, this is a fantastic website to help plug their gaps. This website also has a video, activities and answers.
You can also access the daily lessons on BBCBitesize. Just choose the year group, then subject. There are a range of videos to support learning with activities attached. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/dailylessons
Links to Websites
TT Rockstars and Numbots are fantastic resources for learning your number bonds and time tables. If you practise little and often, you WILL get better. These can also be downloaded as apps on Ipads or phones.
TT Rockstars - Year 3 to 6 - https://ttrockstars.com/
Numbots - Reception to Year 2 - https://play.numbots.com/#/account/school-login-type
Hit the button - brilliant game for quick number bonds/ times tables/ doubles/ halves recall.
There are lots of other great number games on this too:
https://www.topmarks.co.uk/ - lots of games for basic number
Maths Whizz - Year 5 to Year 6 - https://www.whizz.com/
Numberblocks videos and activities for Reception - https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/numberblocks