At Greatwood, pupils have the opportunity to explore mathematics in a variety of stimulating and engaging lessons, which are planned using objectives from the new mathematics framework.
In addition to daily mathematics sessions children are also taught maths as part of cross curricular work and fortnightly Big Maths sessions which allow the children to apply their mathematics in real life or problem solving contexts.
Children practice key learning facts daily in Key stages 1 and 2 and have their own individual ‘SMIRFS’ targets ( Space Mission Instant Recall Facts)to work on throughout the school year. Look out for these in your child’s pact book.
The use of visual images, concrete experience, understanding of mathematical symbols and language are fundamental to the mathematics lessons that are taught at Greatwood . Resources and displays in each classroom are used to support learning. Greatwood has introduced ‘Numicon’ resources from Nursery to Year 3, and this has provided a very visual and practical aid to support the children’s understanding. From Year 2 onwards the school has also invested in Diennes apparatus to support children in their understanding of written methods.
The school’s calculation policy also embraces the need for the use of visual images and concrete experience in the children’s understanding of mental and written methods (see link to Calculations Policies below.
Greatwood is also very proud of being an ECC school,( Every Child Counts). Currently we are the only school in Skipton to have achieved this award and one of only several in the whole county. We received this award from Edge Hill University who have developed maths interventions for Year2, Years 3, 4, 5 and also Year 6. At Greatwood these take the form of ‘Numbers Count 1 and 2’, ‘First Class @ number 1 and 2’ and ‘Success a@ Arithmetic.’ All of these interventions are designed to engage pupils through teaching maths in a fun way based around the ‘Connections Model’ and tailored specifically to meet the needs of the children involved, using what the children already know as a stepping stone to new areas of learning.