Maths at Firthmoor Primary School
At Firthmoor Primary School, we aim to ensure that our pupils can confidently and competently apply basic number facts and calculation methods in solving mathematical problems across the curriculum.
Maths lessons starts with a ten minute ‘Rapid Maths’ activity to practise and reinforce key mathematical skills. Lesson objectives are drawn from the National Curriculum framework with opportunities to cover all aspects of fluency, reasoning and problem solving.
Children have access to a wide range of practical resources including number lines/squares, dienes and Numicon equipment. Interactive whiteboards, laptops and ipads allow children to experience a variety of online learning resources. Wherever possible, staff present pupils with a ‘real life’ context for learning.
Extra support and challenge is provided through 1:1 and small group intervention sessions. Y5/6 pupils are able to attend Mathletics booster sessions in the Computing Suite before school each morning whilst invited pupils from Y1 to Y6 work 1:1 with an adult at an after-school Maths Club every Tuesday.
Children are assessed on times table knowledge, arithmetic and reasoning skills on a half-termly basis.
Older pupils participate in the annual UK Primary Maths Challenge with the school celebrating a number of medal winning successes in previous years.
Cohort Long Term Overview for Maths
In maths we follow the objectives set out in the National Curriculum for each year group. They are divided up into different areas of maths for example number and calculations, shape space and geometry, fractions etc. We also use examples of problem solving and reasoning from White Rose to accompany our delivery of maths.
Click on the links below to view each cohort’s long term overview;
‘Let’s Count’ Census 2021
The children have been learning about the National Census. Each class decided what they would like to count. The Early Years children asked each other about their favourite piece of fruit at morning snack and the minibeast they could see in the school grounds. Older pupils counted characters in books and the number of steps needed to complete laps of our ‘Red Mile’.
Information was represented in a variety of ways. We are now experts at tallying, completing tables, drawing pie charts and line graphs.
Primary Maths Challenge
Pictured below with our Maths coordinator Mrs Morrow, are our Year 6 pupils Evelyn, Ewan and Megan. Between them, they were awarded one gold and two silver certificates following their participation in the Primary Maths Challenge within school. The three budding mathematicians gained the highest scores by sitting a challenging and stimulating test, set by the Mathematical Association, the body who run the Primary Maths Challenge. Well done!
Reception Class learning about money through ‘buying’ fruit and vegetables
The children in Year 1 have recently been working with money in order to achieve some of their end of year objectives as well as securing their number bonds.
Throughout the week the children ‘spend’ 10p on fruit at snack times and work out the change they will receive using subtraction and number bonds to 10. The children regularly have the opportunity to ‘play shops’ and practice putting their number skills within real life situations. The children have thoroughly enjoyed working out how much fruit they can get with their 10p. Some children are even starting to budget and vary what they buy so that they still have some money left at the end of the week.
In order to help support the children with their understanding of the value of individual coins within 10p; the children in reception have also been working with coins and ‘paying’ for their fruit at snack time.
Each item of fruit is individually priced and the children can choose from a tray of coins which is the correct coin to ‘pay’ for their chosen piece of fruit. The children have all enjoyed going shopping and working out what coins have the higher value and can ‘pay’ for larger pieces of fruit.