Subject Leader

Mrs Hannick

The Curriculum

Each class has a daily maths lesson. This consists of a counting session, a mental and oral starter, and a main part of the lesson, where new learning is taught. There is a short review of learning at the end. Teachers and Teaching Assistants support children during these sessions and this help and guidance is spread across different groups according to needs and abilities. Maths is also used to support other areas of the curriculum, such as Science and Design Technology.

The early years follow the programmes of study as prescribed by the Early Years Foundation Stage documentation. Years 1 – 6 currently follow the National Numeracy Strategy. However, from September 2014, they will follow the new math’s curriculum as laid out by the government.

The school had developed its own Calculation Policy. If you would like guidance on the school’s calculation methods, please click here to see our Calculation Policies and how each calculation method should be taught for each level from level 2 to 5.
EYFS Calculation Policy
Orchard Calculation Policy

Additional Support
Some children receive extra support outside the classroom. This could be as part of an SEN group, as part of the Every Child a Counter programme or working on a one to one basis to deal with misconceptions and areas of weakness.

Number Bonds
In Key Stage One, children learn their number bonds from 2 to 20 progressively. For each number bond, they need to know:
The addition facts, out of order
The subtraction facts, out of order
A combination of the two.

Table Facts
From Year 2, children begin to learn their times tables and the related division facts from 2 to 10.
Year 2 – 10 , 2 and 5.
Year 3 – 3, 4 , 6 and 8.
Year 4 – 9, 11 and 12.
In Year 5 and Year 6, children use and apply their tables in order to multiply and divide larger numbers.
The tables should be learnt progressively:-
  • Out of order – multiplication facts
  • Out of order division fact
  • A combination of the two.

Maths Policy

Mathematics Policy
How can you help at home?
The school has developed its own Calculation Polices for the four operations of number; one for the Early Years Foundation Stage and one for KS1 and 2. It is important that children follow the methods taught in school in order to ensure continuity and progression and to prevent them becoming confused. Please follow the hyperlink, speak to the Math’s Subject Leader or discuss the methods used with your class teacher if you would like clarification.

Mental calculation strategies are vital as they underpin written methods. As a consequence, we place a high value on children developing their mental skills. These strategies include number bonds to 10, 20, 100 and decimals to 1, multiplication and division facts, doubling and halving, square numbers, factors and bonds of 10 that equal 100 etc. At Orchard, we follow the ‘Maths Passport’ programme. This is a structured mental calculation programme that links to the Early Years Foundation Stage Document and the National Curriculum. It is supported by targets and certificates.

Please also find hyperlinked a list of new vocabulary covered in each year group for measures and geometry.
Booklets containing various games and activities are currently being produced for each year group. These will be uploaded as they become available from the Summer Term.

The following websites are useful for supporting mathematics at home:

Intervention programmes

Some children receive extra support outside the classroom. This could be as part of an SEN group, as part of Every Child a Counter 1 or 2 programme or working on a one or small group basis to deal with misconceptions or areas of weakness.
The more able children are invited to attend a ‘Challenge Club’ this runs on a 2 week rolling programme for Years 3 and 4, and Years 5 and 6.

Mrs Hannick (Math’s Subject Leader) runs a Maths Games Club on a Tuesday lunchtime for pupils in Year 2.

Assessment Information

Children are continually assessed during the lessons to ascertain learning and any misconceptions that they may have incurred. These assessments inform teachers’ planning and support.

Formal assessments are made at the end of each half term against the Programmes of Study outlined in the EYFS Policy and the National Curriculum 2014. These assessments could be in the form of a test or teacher led activities. These intervention programmes that might be deemed appropriate for certain children.

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Orchard Primary School, Oxford Road, Sidcup, Kent, DA14 6LW
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