Maths

‘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

Using fractions

Using measures

Using geometry

Using statistics

 

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.

 

Calculation Guidance

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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Fantastic trial and error work from Ade and Isla to solve this maths problem! 🌟 #gorseymaths

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Come on year 5. Practise your times tables over the half term so we can beat @GorseyY4 #gorseymaths twitter.com/gorseyy4/statu…

Our half term home learning challenge is a TT Rockatsrs battle against @GorseyY5! Bring it on! #gorseymaths

We have started our fractions block today. We have looked at how fractions can be represented in different ways. #gorseymaths

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We have used our times tables knowledge to play a game of four in a row! #gorseymaths

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We have been drawing as many rectangles as we can with the area of.... we have used our knowledge of factor pairs! #gorseymaths

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We have been using our factor pair knowledge to work out the length of sides of shapes with specific areas. #gorseymaths

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Teamwork makes the dream work! We are working together to solve our division problems. We are using the bar model and the drawing method to support our understanding! #gorseymaths

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