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Welcome to the Maths section of the Lindfield Primary Academy website. Here you will find lots of information about what sort of maths activities takes place in our school.
Our approach to maths at Lindfield links in through our work with the Sussex Maths Hub based at St. Paul’s College in Burgess Hill. From Early Years right through to Year 6 the children are taught to be FLUENT mathematicians who show great REASONING and PROBLEM SOLVING skills. These three core principals form the backbone to all our maths lessons.
We also take a CONCRETE – PICTORIAL – ABSTRACT approach to maths lessons. The children are first introduced to new concepts throughout concrete, physical resources before moving onto to pictorial, visual representations to further solidify the children’s understanding. Finally, the children will be introduced to abstract ideas on paper where they can apply their knowledge throughout a range of fluency, reasoning and problem solving activities.
In Early Years we try to find maths all around us in both our indoor and outdoor areas. We especially love using Numicon (both big and small) to help us recognise the value of numbers.
Here we are learning about the equals sign in Year 1. We have been identifying which numbers are greater, which are less and which are equal to each. We have used concrete resources to help us such as Numicon and multilink cubes.
We have used concrete resources to help us create block charts to represent data.
We have also used visual representations, such as the bar model, to help us solve problems involving addition and subtraction.
We also love to use the Bar Model to solve problems in Year 3. Here we are also using Cuisenaire Rods as concrete representations to help us find the answer.
We love to go and explore our environment in our Maths lessons in Year 4. Here we are investigating perimeter and area by measuring parts of the school AstroTurf and playground with a trundle wheel.
In Year 5 we also use the Bar Model and resources such as Cuisenaire Rods to solve more complex problems. Here we are solving problems involving all four functions.
We have also used our outdoor spaces to help us with our maths. Here we are creating bar graphs using members of our class to show frequency. You can also see how we have recorded our work in our books.
We love to work in groups to solve problems in Year 6. Here we are trying to find as many solutions as we can just using the number 4, four times. We were trying to find all the numbers from 1-50. How many solutions can you find?
It is also important for us to present our findings independently. We like to work systematically when doing this.
In Year 2, 3 and 4 the children take part in a weekly Times Table Challenge. The children work their way through the following challenges, moving up to the next stage when they have passed the previous one.
In Year 5 and 6, the children use www.timestables.me.uk on the iPads to challenge themselves and practice their times tables every week.
Having a good understanding of times tables underpins a significant amount of learning in maths and the new National Curriculum from 2014 states that: ‘By the end of year 4, pupils should have memorised their multiplication tables up to and including the 12 multiplication table.’ We would therefore actively encourage you to practice your times tables with your children at home. This can be done by accessing www.timestables.me.uk on your home computer or tablet or using the attached activities below.
In Years One and Two, in order to improve mathematical fluency, the children should learn addition facts to 20. Addition Facts for Year One and Two shows you which facts should be learnt in each year.
Year One have already implemented a weekly Number Facts Addition Challenge which the children enjoy taking part in. We have seen a huge improvement in their number fact knowledge which in turn helps the children have a deeper understanding of numbers and the way they relate to each other.
Number Facts Addition Challenge is a practice challenge for you to carry out at home. Each time the children take the challenge they should try to beat their previous score. Once they can complete the challenge in under five minutes, they should try to beat their time. Have fun!
The following Progression in Calculation policy has been written to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum 2014 for the teaching and learning of Mathematics. It is designed to give a consistent and smooth progression of learning in calculations from EYFS through to Year 6.
Please find attached a document from Rising Stars.
This shows the vocabulary used in our school from EYFS to Year 6 in accordance with the New National Curriculum for Mathematics from September 2014.
Please find attached some Excel spreadsheets which have been kindly made by one of our parents. These will help your children learn their times tables and the corresponding division facts.
You can change the questions by pressing the F9 key.
Other ways to help your child wiith their times tables include:
The Problem Solving Pineapple or PSP helps all the children of Lindfield Primary Academy when solving mathematical problems. The PSP is there to help identify misconceptions, develop our reasoning skills and set us challenging problems in our maths lessons.
The Problem Solving Pineapple was designed by Douglas Bain (a former pupil) and then developed by local artist Jill Latter after a school wide competition. Here are some of the other entries on display in the school.