Mathematics at St Peter’s
Mathematics is taught daily at St. Peter’s. We aim to equip children with knowledge and understanding of mathematical concepts including those relevant to every day life, e.g. money and time. Using and applying knowledge and skills is an important part of children’s learning and there are opportunities for pupils to embed these skills in practical investigations and problem solving exercises.
At St Peter’s we follow the Collins New Primary Maths Scheme based on the National Curriculum and the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum for Nursery and Reception.
Mathematics helps children to make sense of the world around them through developing their ability to calculate, to reason and to solve problems. It enables children to understand and appreciate relationships and pattern in both number and space in their everyday lives.
At St Peter’s Primary School we aim to:
- Provide consistent high quality teaching in all areas of mathematics.
- Enable all children to access the curriculum at an appropriately differentiated level.
- Enable every child to feel comfortable to explore their understanding of maths in a safe, enjoyable and challenging learning environment.
- Promote enjoyment and enthusiasm for learning through practical activity, exploration and discussion.
- Develop logical thinking and reasoning skills through a natural curiosity and investigative approach.
- Understand the importance of mathematical skills in everyday life.
- Encourage the application of mathematical skills in other curriculum areas.
- Develop the ability to solve problems through decision-making and reasoning in a range of contexts.
Children are set a weekly mental maths homework task in order to strengthen their learning in mathematics. At St Peter’s we use Mental Arithmetic, a highly differentiated series of graded books proven to raise children’s attainment in maths. Based on ability, rather than age, each book practises the four basic number operations, challenging children to do more complex problems involving logical thinking and to apply knowledge introduced previously.
St. Peter’s is subscribed to Mathletics, the most used mathematics website with 3 million users and 7000 schools worldwide. This fantastic resource is offered able to all pupils from Reception to Year 6.
It has over 850 activities for ages 5 to 18 years. Parents can sign up to receive a weekly report on their child’s progress and see the results first-hand. It provides a perfect link between home and school and includes activities for every area of mathematics. Children are motivated by receiving points and being awarded certificates.
Teachers in school can set levels for individual pupils so that they will always be challenged and therefore will access Mathletics at the appropriate level. Pupils and parents enjoy the instant feedback after each activity, showing where strengths and weaknesses may be.
Your child should have received their log-in details from their class teacher in September. If they have misplaced this, do not hesitate to ask your teacher for it again.