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Deeping St James C.P. School

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DSJ Pupils say ...

'Mathematics is like 'Brain Gym' at school - it keeps our brains working well.'   Year 4

'I get excited about maths lesson; they are sometimes hard. I am happy in my lessons and I enjoy them.'   Year 2

'I am confident and I enjoy my maths lessons.'  Year 5

'My teachers are great, they make maths fun.'  Year 1

Mathematics equips pupils with a uniquely powerful set of tools to understand and change the world.  These tools include logical reasoning, problem-solving skills and the ability to think in abstract ways. Mathematics is important in everyday life.  It is integral to all aspects of life and with this in mind we endeavour to ensure that children develop a healthy and enthusiastic attitude towards mathematics that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.    

Maths Intent Statement

The National Curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.

  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language

  • can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

At Deeping St James, these skills are embedded within Maths lessons and developed consistently over time. We are committed to ensuring that children are able to recognise the importance of Maths in the wider world and that they are also able to use their mathematical skills and knowledge confidently in their lives in a range of appropriate contexts. 

Mathematics is an interconnected subject in which pupils need to be able to move fluently between representations of mathematical ideas. The long-term plans are, by necessity, organised into apparently distinct domains, but pupils should make rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. 

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 should always be based on the security of pupils’ understanding and their readiness to progress to the next stage. Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly should be challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content. Those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material should consolidate their understanding, including through additional practice, before moving on.

At DSJ we intend to:

  • Ensure our children have access to a high-quality maths curriculum that is both challenging and enjoyable.

  • Provide our children with a variety of mathematical opportunities, which will enable them to make the connections in learning needed to enjoy greater depth in learning.

  • Ensure children are confident mathematicians who are not afraid to take risks.

  • Fully develop independent learners with inquisitive minds who have secure mathematical foundations and an interest in self-improvement.

We want all children to enjoy Mathematics and to experience success in the subject, with the ability to reason and problem solve mathematically.

We are continually striving to improve our maths curriculum in order to best suit the needs of our children. We do not follow a set scheme; instead we utilise quality resources available including White Rose Maths, Classroom Secrets, PiXL Primary, NCETM resources and NRICH.

Calculations Policies

The maths calculation policies of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division have been written as a useful tool to show progression through each of these 4 operations. These policies can also be used to support your child at home.  Please find copies of these polocies at the bottom of this page. If you need any further help with this don’t hesitate to come in and ask your child’s class teacher for assistance.

Times Tables Policy

The aim of this policy is to raise the profile of instant recall of the multiplication tables and related division facts. It ensures that the teaching of these important mathematical facts is  consistent throughout our school.  The policy also explains in detail the  school awards system for times tables.  Children work towards achieving Bronze, Silver and Gold badges which are inline with National Curriculum expectations.  Children can then strive to be awarded 'Platinum Status' in which the children become times tables ambassadors within the school.

Websites to Support with Parent/School Partnership Homework

Online Free Times Tables Quiz Generator

Times Tables UK

Free Times Tables Games

Multiplication & Division Games

Schoolhouse Rock! Multiplication Rock!

Multiplication Mash Up

Multiplication Song

Platinum Status - Application of the Times Tables Facts

There are resources below that will support your child with working towards this badge - you will find them as PDFs towards the bottom of this webpage.

Times Tables UK - Multiplication Check.

To support our pupils to practise the MTC check in conditions that they will complete this check during a 3-week window in June.

Accessing this resource regularly will enable children to build on their own progress scores at the speed required for the government check. We suggest that the children  aim for at least 80% - as there is no official pass mark (implying full marks is expected) we are aiming for 80%+