At Gray’s Farm Primary Academy we aim to provide a challenging, balanced and stimulating mathematics curriculum. Right through from our Nursery all the way up to Year 6, our aim is to promote a positive and confident attitude to maths as an exciting, creative and relevant subject which has applications in all areas of our learning and day-to-day life. We want the children of Gray’s Farm Primary Academy to develop a love of mathematics and to ensure that all our pupils realise their potential, becoming confident and enthusiastic mathematicians.
Gray’s Farm has redesigned our calculation policy to ensure that there is a focus on teaching core numeracy skills in both the written and mental aspect. Our addition, subtraction, multiplication and division policies have clear and logical progression all the way through the school to allow children the continuity of methods they require to succeed.
Application and Reasoning
Our aim is for the children to not only learn these skills but to then apply them to ‘real world’ problems. We reinforce the idea that maths is not simply a subject learnt in school, but a vital life skill central to many things people do every day! We therefore include daily application and reasoning activities within our maths sessions to promote this thinking. Reasoning about the number system allows children to better manipulate number and in doing so calculate more effectively. Gray’s Farm teachers regularly assess their children’s arithmetic, application and reasoning abilities to inform the planning of future lessons so that all gaps in knowledge are filled by carefully planned activities.
Our aim is for all of our children to leave Yr 4 with a secure knowledge of their number facts. To achieve this, different year groups focus on learning specific tables while recapping the ones they know.
Year 1: 2x, 10x, 5x,
Year 2: 2x, 10x, 5x, 3x
Year 3: 2x, 10x, 5x, 3x, 6x, 12x, 4x, 8x
Year 4: 2x, 10x, 5x, 3x, 6x, 12x, 4x, 8x 7x, 9x, 11x
Year 5 and 6: Revision, Revision, Revision
Teaching of timetables happens in many fun and varied ways. Children generally start with counting forwards from 0 in multiples then counting back from 12x that number to 0. When secure, children should count forward and backward from random multiples of the table they are learning and then move onto recalling x out of order e.g. 7 x 3 = 21
The children have weekly mini assessments that focus on their x tables and half-termly multiplication checks to assess their progress.
Our maths passports are another great way for children to sharpen their mental maths skills! Children can practise their targets in class, at home or even on the playground. Once confident, the are able to go to ‘passport control’ and be tested via a verbal flurry. If their speed and accuracy is up to scratch, they will be signed off, receive a certificate and get to move onto their next passport.
Maths Through Movement
As well as our daily maths session, every class takes part in a fun MTM session. This is a fast pace session which lasts for 10 minutes and involves the children taking part in maths that is active. Research suggests that learning alongside physical activity promotes better progress and we want this for our children! The aim of the session is to develop the children’s retention of facts so that they remember more of the maths they learn. Not only this, but the recapping of their learning encourages a development in vocabulary, creates discussion and helps develop a lifelong love of the subject!