Darenth Community Primary School

Darenth Community Primary School

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Numeracy at Darenth Community Primary School

Maths learning at Darenth Community Primary School strives to create a learning environment in which children can confidently learn and achieve, independently and collaboratively, to the best of their ability. Our maths curriculum aims to provide children with the opportunity to develop a curiosity for maths, develop enjoyment and passion for the subject, allowing them to understand the world around them through mathematical reasoning.

Considerable importance is attached to the children achieving and understanding mathematical processes, concepts and skills. A positive attitude to maths learning is encouraged by presenting it in an interesting and enjoyable way, allowing the children to actively participate in the learning process, thus creating a sense of achievement and confidence. There is a strong emphasis on the development of mental arithmetic and giving opportunities for pupils to use and apply mathematics in real life situations.

Using effective planning, teaching and learning strategies, assessment and knowledge of our children, we aim to develop and extend pupils' knowledge and understanding of all mathematical concepts.

Maths is taught through a daily Numeracy lesson which follows the principles of the New Primary curriculum.

Aims of the New Primary Curriculum

Mathematics is an interconnected subject in which pupils need to be able to move fluently between mathematical ideas. The programmes of study are, by necessity, organised into distinct areas, but pupils will make rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. They will also apply their mathematical knowledge to science and other subjects.

The expectation is that the majority of pupils will move through the programmes of study at broadly the same pace. However, decisions about when to progress will always be based on the security of pupils’ understanding and their readiness to progress to the next stage. Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly will be challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content.

Those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material will consolidate their understanding, including additional practice, before moving on.

Class teachers also plan for opportunities to develop and apply key mathematical skills in other subject areas throughout the year.

Useful maths websites

BBC KS1 Bitesize Maths Games 

Woodlands Maths Zone – fun interactive maths games 

Ambleside Primary School Maths Zone 

Coxhoe Primary School – Numeracy Games 

BBC KS2 Bitesize Maths Games 

Mad4Maths - fun numeracy games 

Cool Maths games website for pupils

Mathszone website with hundreds of links to other websites – most resources are for KS2 with some for KS3. 

Family learning a multiplication website with links to other websites full of times table games.

'Nrich' - is a Maths website which focuses entirely on problem solving. It is used in Maths throughout our school, but can also be accessed at home. There are always 'live' problems which the children can try to solve and submit their solutions online.

'Maths is fun' can be very useful for providing demonstrations and examples of how to perform different calculations. It also has a wide range of activities you can print out for children to complete.

ICT games website full of good maths games 

Top marks website is full of maths interactive games for 3-5,5-7 and 7-11 years children.


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