Welcome to the maths page!!
Here you will find an overview of the sort of things we are doing in school. Hopefully it will give you see how maths progresses as your child moves through our school. Obviously this is just a snapshot of what we do. If you have any questions or queries then please do not hesitate to come and see me, Mr Oliver, in Year 4.
At St Bede's our aim is to 'Make Maths Fun'! We want the children to be able to enjoy maths by making our lessons varied and engaging with a range of fluency, reasoning and problem solving activities.
Over the last few years we have been using ‘Big Maths’ in school but this year we are introducing some changes to how we teach mathematics. We are beginning to put a greater emphasis on reasoning and problem solving and developing pupils’ mathematical understanding whilst still maintaining a strong emphasis on fluency.
At St Bede’s, we have high expectations of all children and want them become confident mathematicians. Above all, we want our children to enjoy maths, to relish the challenges we give them and not be frightened to make mistakes or to get things wrong. Often, getting things wrong provide us with great learning opportunities.
Please talk to your child about their experience of maths at school and find out what they have been working on. If you have any questions or would like to know a bit more about what we are doing then please do not hesitate to contact your class teacher or Mr Oliver in Year 4.
Maths Yearly Overviews (please select the link you want...)
Here are some suggestions for websites and apps for your ipads which will help your child gain confidence with their numeracy...
mathletics.co.uk – the main maths website the children use in school. Challenge people from around the world. Great for mental maths – your child will be an expert in no time!
woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/Maths Zone - lots of fun online interactive activities to help with improving mental maths skills: aimed at 7 -11 year olds.
coolmath4kids.com - games to play age 4 upwards, often updated with new, fun activities.
www.counton.org has lots of ideas and games to play. Mathematically inclined parents might be challenged by ‘Who Wants to be a Mathionnaire?’!
mathszone.co.uk - hundreds of games for children from 5 to 11, arranged according to objectives for all strands of maths
nrich.com/math problems – more complex maths games and puzzles for ‘deeper thinkers’ with different levels of challenge. Answers supplied!
nrich.maths.org - an online monthly magazine with lots of maths puzzles and problems to solve. Different levels of challenge along with puzzles and problem-solving activities.
primaryresources.co.uk - general resources and games to support children to develop their mental maths skills, plus hundreds of fun games to support learning in the mathematical areas of: Numbers and the Number System, Calculations, Solving Problems, Measures, Shape & Space and Handling Data.
Uk.ixl.com/math – a wide range of maths activities organised by year group
Maths apps for Ipad
MeteorMath - Mental maths calculations. Choose the operation or ‘survival’ mode with all 4. Gets progressively more difficult but cannot set difficulty at the start. Free app.
King of Maths - Mental maths calculations. Create a character and log in to progress through levels. All 4 operations gets progressively harder. Free initial app (addition and subtraction) then pay for new levels.
Hungry Fish - Feed the fish with pairs of numbers. Select the level of difficulty. Free initial app (addition) then pay for new levels. Pause it to change difficulty level.
Geoboard - A digital version of the ‘traditional’ classroom resource. Great for lines of symmetry, reflections and shape work. Large and small square grids.
Subtraction - Robot themed game for practicing subtraction. Practice or Test modes. Great for number bonds to 10, 20, 50 and 100. Lots of options including multiple choice, range of questions and number of questions in a level.
Tables - As above but multiplication. Lots of options and excellent for targeting the ones they have to practice.
Achieving level 4 mathematics - Questions cover all areas of maths curriculum. Costs £2.99
Fractions - American – ‘Fourths’ not quarters! Good for numerator and denominator, equivalents, improper and mixed numbers, Adding and multiplying. Nice and visual.
Springbird - Basic addition and subtraction. KS1 focussed.
Educreations - Digital whiteboard that records explanations for playback– sounds and writing/images. Great for getting children to explain methods. Takes a short while to get your head around but children find it easy!
mathBingo (green icon) - Great app for up to 4 players practising calculation. Easy to set difficulty.
Math Bingo (orange icon) - Bingo for 1 player. Children love collecting the bugs.
Motion Math - Excellent ‘tilt screen’ app for fractions, decimals and percentages. There are more excellent motion maths games available.
Maths in action...Year 5 investigating the area of irregular shapes