At St Thomas’ we aim to provide our children with a high quality mathematical education which provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about the subject. We believe that mathematics is a creative discipline which should be incorporated in all areas of the curriculum.
Maths Market – make maths fun at home
Over the coming months we will be setting a variety of simple, fun activities and challenges for you to try at home. They will help your child to improve his or her skills in measuring, estimating, using money and telling the time.
Please get involved by visiting our maths market place in the playground on Thursday evening and Friday morning. At the market there will be practical activities and a flier with some ideas for you to try out at home. Copies of the fliers can be downloaded here
How we teach Mathematics
At St Thomas’ we use the ‘Maths Makes Sense’ approach to mathematics. Our programme helps children become fluent, confident mathematicians, able to solve problems and reason mathematically.
Maths Makes Sense is a carefully designed maths programme that uses special vocabulary, physical actions and concrete objects like paper cups to help the children become confident mathematicians. It makes maths enjoyable to teach and fun to learn.
Maths Makes Sense teaches pure maths and develops a deep mathematical understanding right from the start. The Maths Makes Sense Learning System is built around ten big ideas which underpin all mathematical learning:
- The symbols speak to you
- The logic of language
The Learning System is a carefully designed approach to teaching that ensures children can make sense of abstract ideas without misconceptions.
More information about Maths Makes Sense can be found on their website.
How parents can support their children with Mathematics:
If children are to be fluent in mathematics we believe they require quick and accurate recall of facts. Each week children are expected to rehearse these facts at home. Multiplication facts and number bonds can be rehearsed in many different ways, from playing games to using charts and computer programs. Each week your child will be sent home maths facts to learn and practise.
The children can also access ‘My Maths’ home learning. ‘My Maths’ is a web-based learning program that integrates home and school learning via the internet. Each week your child will be set tasks which will relate to the learning which has taken place in the class. The program helps child to practise facts and embed learning which has taken place throughout the week.