With the new National Curriculum, we are keenly focussed on the development of our children’s arithmetic strategies in Maths from Nursery to Year 6. Our new Maths home learning scheme is geared towards encouraging the children of Keyworth to practise their number facts at home and then apply them to problem solving activities in and out of the classroom. Application skills development is embedded in our approach to Maths from the Foundation Stage upwards. By accommodating different learning styles we foster independent learners who are confident using a variety of methods when calculating. Our streamed system enables us to target individuals and support children with different needs. Contextualised learning in both Key Stage 1 & 2 ensures that our children are engaged and can make connections with everyday scenarios that require a Mathematical perspective; thus cementing the importance of developing their Maths skills. We have adopted a progressive mentality to Maths and believe that children should build consistently on their knowledge and skills. As a result there is a common thread to how Maths is taught from Nursery to Year 6, which ultimately ensures our children leave Keyworth as confident and curious Mathematicians.
Home Learning Scheme
In a bid to help the children improve their mental maths skills, the children are encouraged to practise their Maths at home through Keyworth’s Home Maths Rocket Scheme. The new National Curriculum places a huge emphasis on children knowing their number facts and our scheme is designed to encourage the children to practise and learn them at home with your support.
The scheme involves six ‘Rocket Cards’ that are pitched at the expected standard for each year group from Year 1 through to Year 6. All children are given the Maths Rocket of the year group that they are in unless they are working below age-related expectations, where they are given a Maths Rocket that is pitched at their maths level.
Each week, the children’s maths teacher informs them of which objective they will be learning in school and will additionally need to practise at home as their homework. Every Friday, the children are given 10 questions to answer in relation to this objective, with a child needing to get all questions correct to have achieved that objective. Once they have completed all of the objectives in a ‘step’ they receive a certificate, which is presented during Rewards Assembly, and a prize.
The children are able to further develop their learning at home through the use of Mathletics, a computer-based tool that contains a range of engaging games, activities and interactive tutorials in line with the National Curriculum expectations in Maths. If your child does not have a Mathletics username and password, please contact your child’s class teacher.
Following the success of our workshops for Maths, please find the links to the Powerpoint Presentation for Year 1 and Year 2 parents. There will be a SATs preparation workshop in the Spring term, please check the website for dates. If you have any questions about any of the information on the workshop slides, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the SLT or your child’s class teacher.