Numeracy

Welcome to Maths at The Grove

Maths is a subject that often divides opinion. Many people hate it, as it often brings to mind horrendous school experiences and being humiliated in front of your peers and many people consider themselves to be terrible at it. At The Grove we strive to ensure that every child believes they are a mathematician and there is no ceiling on their mathematical capabilities. maths is not just about answering sums and drawing neat diagrams, it is about logic, reasoning , discussion and interpretation. It can be creative and challenging and ultimately a lot of fun! We take a creative approach to maths and ensure that every child is challenged, stretched and smiles in every maths lesson. Maths is taught in both discrete lessons to introduce and consolidate new concepts and also in the wider curriculum, linking particularly well with Science, ICT and DT.

 

What are we aiming for?

The National Curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
  • Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.

Can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

What can you do to help at home?

  • Play maths games – Snap, pairs, quick fire times tables
  • Use real life opportunities – counting change ad correct money when out shopping, working out percentage discounts, estimating distances and measurements, telling the time.
  • Playing games and doing online quizzes
  • Practise times tables – particularly in KS2
  • Complete activities on mathletics

Numicon

Numicon equipment is used throughout the school to support our maths teaching. Numicon incorporates a wide range of different tools including spinners, boards, number lines, weighing scales, weighted blocks and waffle shapes.

 

Mathletics

All children at The Grove have access to Mathletics. This is a fantastic online resource used to practise maths skills, compete in maths quizzes with children around the world and consolidate the mathematical concepts we have been learning in class. Each child has their own unique username and password which they can use to log in on www.mathletics.com. It can be accessed via any computer or tablet with internet connection or by downloading the app to a tablet or smart phone.