Combe Down Primary School

Combe DownChurch of England Primary School

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Maths

Through our broad, balanced and inspiring curriculum, we strive to develop a child's ability to calculate, solve problems and reason in an engaging and interactive environment.

All children, regardless of their ability, take part in exciting lessons, enabling them to develop their understanding of mathematics, noticing patterns and relationships in both number and shape. Pupils have the opportunity to build strong foundations and develop key skills, which are developed further in other areas of the curriculum, such as Science and Computing. We believe that Growth Mind set is pivotal in developing children's confidence and sense of achievement. We strive to promote a learning culture where children have the resilience to learn from their mistakes and understand how they can improve their work in order that they can progress.

Teachers use the 2014 Curriculum as the basis for their Maths planning.

Timings

  • Reception – 2 hours equivalent per week
  • Y1/2 - 3.5 hours per week – delivered daily
  • Y3 - 4 hours per week
  • Y4/5/6 - 5 hours per week

Key Objectives

The key objectives for each year group are set out in the following documents:

Please note that teachers may adjust the order in which they teach objectives to fit the needs of the class.

Calculation Policy

It is vital that children have a solid understanding of each of the four operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. A good grasp of mental maths supported by informal jottings is vital before formal written strategies such as column addition are introduced. Our Calculation Policy demonstrates in sequence the methods we introduce to pupils. Children in a class may be working at different stages within the sequence shown. Download the Calculation Policy here.

Key Vocabulary

Key vocabulary is a crucial part of maths teaching in primary school. There are many words associated with each operation that need to be taught and revisited. Click here to download the key vocabulary we use in each year group.

Homework

From Year 1 upwards children receive maths homework weekly. This usually takes the form of an Abacus task  or a MyMaths task for KS2 .   Abacus is an incredibly useful web-based curriculum and homework site which enables teachers to set differentiated homework, provides children with instant feedback and provides the information parents may need to support their child as they do their homework.

Supporting Your Child At Home

Other than homework there are many maths activities you can do with your child at home. Children acquire basic maths skills through repetition so the more often we can practice those skills through a variety of fun activities the more likely they are to master the skills and develop a love of maths. Click here to download some suggested activities you can try at home with your child.