At Laira Green, we aim to provide a high quality maths education – teaching children the essential skills and knowledge to develop an understanding of the world, and to create a natural curiosity and love for maths as a subject.
“Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.” (The New national curriculum in England framework document, July 2013)
The National Curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all children work on FLUENCY, REASONING and PROBLEM SOLVING. Children at Laira Green should:
- become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that children have conceptual understanding and are able to recall and apply their knowledge rapidly and accurately
- be able to reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
- be able to 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.
HELP YOUR CHILD LEARN MATHS EVERY DAY - HERE ARE SOME TIPS:
Maths in every day activities:
- When shopping, help your children calculate change or boy-one-get-one-free offers or when items are reduced.
- Count the stairs every time you use them.
- When watching a football game or playing on the Xbox, talk about what players’ statistics mean and help them take notice of their own gaming statistics.
- Look for numbers on car number plates, house doors, price labels, cooking instructions, barcodes, road signs, bus stops etc. Numbers are everywhere, if you look around.
- When cooking, try halving or doubling a recipe, and assist children in working out the new proportions.
- Encourage your child to wear a watch and to check the time their favourite TV programme comes on and work out what time it finishes. Show them the time on the clock when it is their bedtime or time to get ready for school.
Play maths games.
- Games like Yahtzee, Monopoly, Uno and traditional and card games like Pontoon all rely on skills necessary for maths, such as counting, categorizing, and estimating.
- Playing with Lego, Knex and assembling jigsaw puzzles can help children learn spatial skills and recognize patterns.
Find small ways to practice maths at home.
- Keep counting everything - count the potatoes on your plate, count the books on your shelf, count your marbles or your cars or your pencils.
- Sort your toys into colour piles of size piles or type piles.
- Arrange teddies in order of size or try to make a pattern from your Lego.
Play a Game online
- Minecraft helps with spatial awareness, as does Tetris.
- Have a look at the links below and find a game to play with your child on a tablet or computer.
Hit the Button - number bonds
NUMBER TIME - This website has games, short videos (Addem and The Ants) and songs
Treasure Quest Addition - drag the ball to the correct square in the addition grid - change the level to suit your child
TopMarks Maths games - a host of games to play on all areas of maths
Big Favourite at Laira Green
BBC Bitesize Key Stage 2 - information and games on EVERY topic from the maths curriculum
Maths Fishing Multiplication - you can choose your level
Placing numbers on a numberline - choose your level and go for it!
NSPCC NUMBER DAY - FEBRUARY 2ND 2018
Laira Green children have been taking part in some fundraising for the NSPCC on Number Day 2018. Children had the choice to come to school in mufti for a small donation to the NSPCC. All children have been talking about the work of the NSPCC and about Childline.
Cherry Class made some number biscuits and sold them at breaktime - they all sold out pretty quickly! The children said they were delicious!! They made over £40.00 which will be donated to the NSPCC.
Each class has been running a maths competition for each colour house. The children have been competing in maths quizzes and on Times Tables Rockstars to find the winner from each colour house. These children will be doing further quizzes next week - well done to all!!
Here are some photos of the event:
LAIRA GREEN MATHEMATICS CALCULATION POLICY
If you are interested in the methods we use for calculations in maths, here is a copy of our calculation policy. There are times when children need to use mental methods but there are certainly times when pencil and paper is the only way to go!
This policy outlines the written methods we teach in each year group to allow the children to progress in a logical manner to the more traditional methods for calculation.
If you have any questions about this policy, or anything else related to maths at Laira Green, do speak to Mrs. Nightingale.
Family Christmas Maths Quiz at Laira Green Primary School
On Wednesday 6th December, children and families were invited to come in after school and take part in a Christmas-themed Maths Quiz. Lots of children took part, wandering around the hall and school corridor with a clipboard and a pencil, looking for the questions and trying to solve them. Our wonderful parents tagged along and helped their children with the maths involved.
When the children had found all ten questions for their age group, they came back to the hall to collect their prize - a big chocolate coin! You can see some of the children in the photos.
Then they were invited to have a hot drink and a mince pie or a biscuit - lots enjoyed these treats! Around the hall were plenty of maths challenges to keep the children (and adults) busy including making 3D shapes with Polydron, solving problems with money, making Christmas patterns on a pegboard and many more.
Thank you to the adults who helped with the refreshments and the quiz and here’s to many more maths events like this at Laira Green in the future!