‘high-quality mathematics provides a foundation for understanding the world’
(Primary National Curriculum, 2014)
Gorsey Bank Primary has a passion and a dedication to enable its learners to be confident mathematicians. We want our young mathematicians to be able to solve problems, reason about mathematical concepts and apply their mathematical skills fluently in a variety of contexts.
In order to do this we teach 7 Big Ideas, which provide the foundation for mathematical knowledge and future application in real life contexts. These big ideas are:
Knowing and using number
Adding and Subtracting
Multiplying and Dividing
Teaching of these Big Ideas is constantly re-visited and with each visit the children’s knowledge is deepened and allows the children to take one step closer to achieving maths mastery.
Our Calculation Guidance document is attached below and is available for download. This contains details and examples of the progression in written calculation methods for each of the four operations.
The video at the bottom of this page (courtesy of verbalreasoningtests.com) provide worked examples of the more challenging concepts of long and short division and multiplication (please note that at Gorsey Bank we encourage the ‘carries’ to sit below the line and use the term ‘sum’ only in addition calculations).
Useful Websites and Apps
The following are a selection of useful websites and apps that provide opportunities for children to practise and apply mathematical learning. Please encourage your children to use these at home as they will help reinforce their learning from school in a fun and enjoyable way!
Websites . . .
Sums.co.uk – brilliant for practising calculation methods and includes step by step guidance for successful completion!
BBC Schools – A range of fun and interaction activities from Early Years to Key Stage 2 (this includes a link to the ‘Bitesize’ website)
ICT Games – A selection of fun games more suited to Early Years and Key Stage 1
Apps . . .
Targetting Maths – Apps providing activities covering the full range of both year groups and Big Ideas
Maths Splat! – Fun Maths app for fluent and accurate recall of number facts in all four operations
King of Maths – Fun app for developing fluency across the Big Ideas which challenges players to move from peasants to Kings!
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