Mathematics

At Queen Emma we aim for the children to become confident mathematicians who enjoy the subject. We try and achieve this through delivering exciting and interesting mathematical experiences and challenges.

In line with the national curriculum for mathematics we aim 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

Yearly Overview

The objectives for each year group, as taken from the national curriculum, and the term in which they will be covered are:

Information for Parents
The Mathematics Policy on our Policies page outlines the aims and vision for Maths Teaching at Queen Emma.

Our Calculation Policy outlines some of the main methods and strategies we teach the children when working on calculation. Written calculation is always taught alongside the use of practical resources and other relevant models and images.

On the National Numeracy website you can find a wealth of ideas for ways in which you can support your child’s maths at home.

Conker Maths is a website where children can work on their recall of number facts. When you click on the link you will see a list of options on the right, under the heading ‘Quick Start’. Select the ‘number questions – pupils’ option and it will take you to a list of maths objectives. Select the one you would like to practise and it will provide different calculations for your child to work on.

Examples of Work

When possible we approach areas of mathematics from a problem solving angle. This can be seen in the examples of work below.

The photos below show some of the practical experiences children have of maths when they start school in Reception. Here the children can be seen using non-standard units of measure, exploring shape and writing numbers.

There is a combination of work from Year 2 and Year 3 where children have been asked to investigate and solve problems.

We also use maths across the curriculum to allow children to see its importance in all areas of study and life. The examples below show children using their mathematical skills in science and topic sessions.

In Maths Year 3 spent some lessons focussing on measure. They looked at statements such as ‘Your arm span is the same length as your height’. They discussed what information would need colleting to prove such a statement. They then worked with a partner to measure and record accurately to see what they could find out.

 

Four budding mathematicians from year 4 were selected to attend St Faith’s School to take part in a Maths Challenge along with 34 other local schools.  The children worked extremely well together practising for the challenge.  Not only did they work hard to answer each question, they worked together as team and learnt to communicate in a very positive way to share their ideas and opinions. 

The children returned to school full of excitement and pride as they re-told events from the afternoon to others.  All their hard work and dedication reflected in the results…. Queen Emma came 2nd and 12th!  What a wonderful achievement.  Very well done to you all.

Photos of Learning

We had an amazing day of maths at Queen Emma. We got to dress up as something mathematical and the teachers were all really impressed with the outfits, which included calculators, dice, clocks, T-shirts covered in calculations and operation symbols. We visited different classrooms where we were able to try a range of activities such as, estimating, measuring, problem solving and art. One child even described it as "the best day ever!"

At Queen Emma we create engaging and exciting lessons through the use of a wide range of resources and experiences.

We aim to give mathematics a purpose and allow children to see the relevance of it in their everyday lives. This has been successfully achieved by getting children to follow recipes where they have to read numbers, recognise different units, weigh ingredients and set timers.

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