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!

#gorseymaths

Our TT Rockstars battle is underway. Well done to 5EB who are currently winning by a large margin. Can 5LR catch up and overtake? You only have one more day. #gorseymaths

Joe has plotted and drawn a triple line graph using the given data. Super presentation! #gorseymaths

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Well done to three amazing mathematicians from ⁦@GorseyY4⁩ who solved a problem that left a few of us scratching our heads at first - their approach to trial and error (with plenty of resilience too) paid off in the end #gorseymaths #gorseypshe

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We have enjoyed looking at a code breaker activity with addition and subtraction in maths this morning. #gorseymaths

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Squishy subtraction! We had a go at using play doh to help us with subtraction today. We made the number sentence by creating the biggest number out of play doh and then squishing the amount we were taking away! It helped us to visualise the subtracting 😃 #gorseymaths

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test Twitter Media - Squishy subtraction! We had a go at using play doh to help us with subtraction today. We made the number sentence by creating the biggest number out of play doh and then squishing the amount we were taking away! It helped us to visualise the subtracting 😃 #gorseymaths https://t.co/0tNYGON2YN
test Twitter Media - Squishy subtraction! We had a go at using play doh to help us with subtraction today. We made the number sentence by creating the biggest number out of play doh and then squishing the amount we were taking away! It helped us to visualise the subtracting 😃 #gorseymaths https://t.co/0tNYGON2YN
test Twitter Media - Squishy subtraction! We had a go at using play doh to help us with subtraction today. We made the number sentence by creating the biggest number out of play doh and then squishing the amount we were taking away! It helped us to visualise the subtracting 😃 #gorseymaths https://t.co/0tNYGON2YN

Attention Year 5, we are having a times tables battle on TT Rockstars class vs class. Which class will be the winner? You have got until Friday to earn as many points as possible, every member of the class must contribute. #gorseymaths

Sometimes getting up and dancing to learn, is the BEST way in @GorseyY1 #gorseymaths #gorseype

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Huge well done to the girls from both 6JJ and 6HT who won the @TTRockStars battle set last week. You will be rewarded tomorrow #gorseymaths

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YES WE ACCEPT! We will set it as part of our Home Learning this week... Prepare yourselves for a battle @GorseyY4 #gorseymaths twitter.com/GorseyY4/statu…

ATTENTION! @GorseyY6 the children of Year 4 would like to challenge you to a battle on TT Rockstars. Do you accept? #gorseymaths

Introducing Times Table Rockstars Hall of Fame! Well done to these children who are on there this week! 🏅#gorseymaths

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We are really working hard to use part- whole models to help us work out a missing number in when adding and taking away ... we have been using different manipulatives to help us too #gorseymaths @GorseyY1 🌟

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We have new Rainbow challenges today and the children are super excited to achieve the lolly sticks #gorseymaths #gorseyart #gorseyenglish

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We have been applying our addition skills to solve a tricky puzzle. How many solutions can you find? #gorseymaths

test Twitter Media - We have been applying our addition skills to solve a tricky puzzle. How many solutions can you find? #gorseymaths https://t.co/G4HUaVJDOz
test Twitter Media - We have been applying our addition skills to solve a tricky puzzle. How many solutions can you find? #gorseymaths https://t.co/G4HUaVJDOz
test Twitter Media - We have been applying our addition skills to solve a tricky puzzle. How many solutions can you find? #gorseymaths https://t.co/G4HUaVJDOz
test Twitter Media - We have been applying our addition skills to solve a tricky puzzle. How many solutions can you find? #gorseymaths https://t.co/G4HUaVJDOz

Comparing numbers using the correct symbols but having to work out the number sentences first, meant maths was a good challenge today! #gorseymaths @GorseyY1

test Twitter Media - Comparing numbers using the correct symbols but having to work out the number sentences first, meant maths was a good challenge today! #gorseymaths @GorseyY1 https://t.co/42IreLhadx

We have been learning number bonds to 10 - that means all the different ways we can add 2 numbers to make 10! We have watched a number bond song to help us practise them 🔟 #gorseymaths

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