We Love Maths!
At mathematics at Edward Worlledge Ormiston Academy, we encourage our children to be active learners. We promote the use of concrete resources and want them to learn how to think deeply, to try out their own ideas and to develop a mathematical language. We want them to question and challenge, as they learn – and not be afraid to make mistakes. We celebrate mistakes, and learn from them.
What we do…
At Edward Worlledge Ormiston Academy, we follow the Maths Hub schemes of learning, which endorses the use of practical resources to cover fluency, reasoning and problem solving. During maths lessons, teachers introduce a new mathematical concept by using many different practical resources. This is because we know that children master abstract mathematics, when they try out the ideas with objects they can hold and manipulate. To assist with this, each class has been provided with maths trugs, which are full of helpful and essential resources for the children to use. After using the resources, children are then encouraged to draw pictures and make jottings to explain what they are thinking. Maths across the school
In Reception, the children partake in a daily 20 minute maths session, using an abundance of different resources to aid the introduction of mathematical concepts. Staff then prepare activities for the children to do during free flow time, and at this point, they will then observe the childrens’ ability to transfer the skills that they have been taught.
In Key Stage 1, the children have an hour of maths each day, and in Key Stage 2, they have an hour and a half. Each session includes metal maths activities and counting, and the children are expected to use the correct mathematical language which has been introduced to them. The staff are also encouraged to address a misconception every day – linked to the area of maths that they are covering.
A Helping Hand
We are aware that the way in which the children are taught maths today, is very different to how parents and carers may have been taught. Because of this, on occasion, we like to run parent workshops to inform parents of calculation methods used in the school and arrange maths days for parents to come learn alongside their children. Our updated calculations policy is on our website, and can be accessed by anybody who wants further explanation of what method their child is using.