The 2014 National Curriculum for Maths aims to ensure that all children:
At Trotts Hill, these skills are embedded within Maths lessons and developed consistently over time until they are mastered. We are committed to ensuring that children are able to recognise the importance of Maths in the wider world and that they are also able to use their mathematical skills and knowledge confidently in their lives in a range of different contexts. We want all children to enjoy Mathematics and to experience success in the subject, with the ability to reason mathematically. We are committed to developing children’s curiosity about the subject, as well as an appreciation of the power of Mathematics. We hope to promote the view that every child can be successful in Maths; enthusiasm and attitude towards Maths can positively impact on achievement and attainment.
For the last two years, Trotts Hill have partnered with NCETM to embed the mastery approach. The picture below summarises the key features of mastery. There are photographs from each year group demonstrating what this looks like in action.
'It is good to complete harder questions because it enables our brains to grow. I am a good mathematician because I learn from my mistakes.' Luke, Year 4.
Spring Term- Year 2 completed a virtual shopping trip buying different items from different ' shops' in the classroom.
On the 12th January, Year 1 had an active maths lesson related to addition and subtraction within 20. Children had to quickly solve a question on each rung of a ladder to continue moving up, and reach the pot of gold at the end.
On 10th January, Reception went on a shape hunt around their learning environment looking for 4 sided shapes. They found several rectangles and squares and used maths vocabulary to describe the shapes having 4 sides and 4 corners.
On the 16th December, Year 2 focused on addition and subtraction. The children had to create number sentences linked to a number and included addition and subtraction in order to reach the North Pole.
On 14th December, Year 3 revised the 3 and 4 x tables. They used BBC Supermovers to help them.
On Friday 17th December, year 4 practised their 8 and 9 times tables using BBC Supermovers.
On 9th December, 2021, Year 5 played musical factors. We wrote down our first ideas about factors of numbers and then walked round the room to some music. When the track stopped, we shared with a partner and wrote down any factors we hadn't already found. We did this several times until we felt we had found them all.
On 11th November 2021, Year 6 revised how to find equivalent fractions through competing in a relay race where each team had to find equivalent fraction pairs. Children demonstrated enjoyment as well as understanding, and were able to reason with their peers during the activity.
All children in Trotts Hill have participated in a Maths/Science day called Flap the Fish! Children have followed a line of enquiry such as: How does the size of the fish affect how fast it travels? Or How does the material the fish is made from affect how fast it travels? This provided children with the opportunity to refine their data handling skills as well as their working scientifically skills. All children showed our learning behaviour - enjoyment!
For the last two years, all classes have begun their Maths learning with Inspirational Maths, inspired by You Cubed. The aim of the lessons is for all children to believe they can achieve in Mathematics. Some of the videos shared with the children with important messages can be seen below:
'Inspirational Maths was a great way to start the year because it inspired us to know that we can all be mathematicians.' Penny, Year 6.
During this week, every child at Trotts Hill participated in our bee survey. We combined our Maths and Science skills throughout the process. Individual classes decided on a question to investigate and then gathered data accordingly. Children decided how best to present the data in order to draw scientific conclusions. For example, Year 5 and 6 identified different species of bee during the survey and wanted to draw a line graph but decided a bar graph would depict the results more clearly.
What a fantastic morning of maths using the coins from the silver change challenge. Thank you so much to everyone who brought coins in. Year 6 are checking the amounts this afternoon with members of FROTH. The total and winning class will be shared with you soon.
Nursery had fun learning numbers and counting.
Reception sang songs, rubbed coins to make patterns and used money to buy items in their shop.
Year 1 worked out which coins made the longest line.
Year 2 compared amounts and looked at which groups of coins had the greatest value.
Year 3 found many ways to group amounts of money.
Year 4 counted in multiples and looked at dates on the coins.
Year 5 created bar graphs to show the values of coins.
Year 6 used different mathematical strategies to estimate how much money the school would raise.