St Peter’s CE Primary School
Mathematics is a real strength at St Peter’s in terms of pupil attainment and enjoyment. Our children make above expected progress in mathematics as they move throughout the school and consistently achieve significantly above national and borough expectations at the end of both Key Stage One and Key Stage Two. This is due to high-quality teaching, careful assessment of learning, our rich curriculum, extension group provision and well-planned intervention support to help children at risk of falling behind.
Mathematics is taught daily; our children have practical, hands-on learning experiences, using resources to support the development of their mathematical knowledge and reasoning. Throughout each year, children will develop their knowledge in Place Value, Addition and Subtraction, Multiplication and Division, Fractions, Decimals and Percentages, Shape and Measure.
Our policy for written calculation methods ensures that our children learn accurate, efficient methods that build upon their understanding of number. Alongside sharing this policy with parents, we endeavour to keep parents informed about the methods taught at school, so that they are able to support their child’s mathematical learning at home.
At St Peter’s we ensure that our children learn mathematics in exciting ways, using real-life contexts and motivating problems to deepen their understanding. We teach a broad curriculum in mathematics with practical opportunities to learn about shape, space, measure and handling data, such as surveying other children at break times and measuring parts of their bodies to investigate ratios.
Mental arithmetic is taught as part of every lesson, in addition to this, in order to embed those key number facts, a daily 10 minute ‘essential skills’ number session is taught outside of the daily mathematics lesson. It is our aim that every child knows all of the times tables up to 12x12 by the end of Year 4, therefore we work on this at school and also encourage further work at home; we are so grateful for the support that parents provide at home. We have a subscription with TTRockstars and Numbots which help embed these number facts and multiplication facts both in school and at home.
Problem solving and allowing the children to use and apply their mathematical knowledge is also a key part of our mathematics teaching. This allows the children to develop links across all four operations, as well as encouraging them to take risks and have fun with mathematics through trial and error, establishing patterns or acting out a problem. Our children are always eager to discuss their mathematical reasoning, which they are encouraged to do using the correct mathematical vocabulary.
We use technology in mathematics lessons to help our children visualise mathematical concepts, to model real-life situations and to make learning number facts fun.
In addition to our daily mathematics teaching, we also provide every child in the school with a subscription to Mathletics, an online maths learning programme, which further supports the development of their mathematical knowledge and understanding. This programme can be accessed both at school and home.
As a school we participate in national maths events such as Maths Week London, which allows the children to practise maths, have fun and compete against other classes from across the country.
Added to this, we run a maths club for children in Year 5 and Year 6, this is led by two very proactive parents at the school with support from students at Imperial College, London. As part of their work, we have organised and hosted two interschool maths competitions for local schools. Our children also attend maths enrichment events at Latymer Upper School and Godolphin and Latymer School.
Maths Day 2020
In March 2020, we had our first Maths Day at St Peter's. Our Maths Day focus was 'Problem Solving using Picture Books'. Each class was given a different mathematical picture book to base some problem solving maths on.
All classes thoroughly enjoyed their books:
Reception: Ten Seeds by Ruth Brown
Year 1: Equal Shmequal by Virginia Kroll
Year 2: How many jellybeans? by Andrea Menotti
Year 3: A very improbable Story by Edward Einhorn
Year 4: How much does a ladybird weigh? by Alison Limentani
Year 5: 365 penguins by Jean-Luc Fromental and Joelle Jolivet
Year 6: If... by David J Smith
All classes also took part in a fantastic workshop provided by ‘The Problem Solving Company’. The children had a great time engaging in practical problem solving activities.