Maths at Wallace Fields Junior School
Over the last few years in Wallace Fields Junior School, we have worked hard to make our maths teaching include a more interactive, inclusive and interesting way of learning. We began using White Rose Maths to support our planning about four years ago and we continue to use other resources, such as Nrich to challenge and develop children’s mathematical thinking. This has resulted in a three year trend where Mathematics results have improved year on year (excluding summer 2020 due to school closures).
This year, 2020-21 we are continuing to use White Rose Maths resources in the same way, alongside the supportive planning materials developed and published by the DfE on 6th July this year. This years’ materials from White Rose and the DfE have been designed to help the children ‘fill the gaps’ they may have in their knowledge because of the enforced school closures during the spring and summer terms. The teachers at WFJS are busy making sure that these supportive documents are used to create excellent lessons building on the small steps approach and therefore developing your children’s understanding, securing and building upon key concepts.
I have included below the White Rose year group planning overview and the DfE documents for your information below. Please note that the dates that work is being covered may fluctuate a little from those indicated because of wider curriculum weeks, but generally speaking the order of the work will match those outlined in the overviews.
If you have any questions related to the teaching of Mathematics to your child, please contact your child/ren’s class teacher or myself for further information.
Mrs Crabb (Maths Lead/Class teacher)
White Rose Mathematics documents
Department for Education Maths Guidance
Maths fluency and fundamentals
Our aim is for children to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, be able to reason their thinking and solve problems by applying their mathematical thinking to a variety of routine and non-routine problems.
Please find attached a document explaining how Fluency and Reasoning Work in Wallace Fields Junior School’s Maths lessons.
Fluency in Maths at WFJS
Year Group Long Term plans and learning strands
Please find attached the Year group long term plans and learning strands. Please note that topic /unit durations can vary depending on the ability of child, residential trips, topic weeks and so on.
Maths Yearly Overviews
Year 3 & 4 Maths Workshop powerpoint
Please see our calculation policy below.
All children are expected to learn their times tables and we would encourage parents to help your child practice at home. It is especially important for the children in Years 3 and 4, as those children will be tested at the end of Year 4, from the summer of 2019. These questions will include any facts up to 12 x 12 and be completed online.
Times tables are assessed regularly in class throughout the school and certificates are awarded in assembly as children reach different levels –
- Bronze is 2, 5 and 10 times table
- Silver is 3, 4, 6 and 8 times table
- Gold is 7, 9, 11 and 12 times table
- Platinum is Square, cube and prime numbers
Although the certificates essentially stay the same throughout their time in the school, the emphasis is slightly different in the way they are tested. In Year 3, children need to know their facts in random order within a given time limit. In Year 4, the children need to know and will be tested on their multiplication and division facts in random order. In Years 5 and 6, the children will need to know multiplication and division facts utilising random order, empty box and exceeding 12 times in certain areas.
Times Tables Rockstars
Times Tables Rockstars is a very interactive web site where children will be getting the opportunity to practise their times tables in a very fun way. Their online learning will be backed up with paper work in school and the tables they are working on will link to the certificate they are trying to obtain in school. The website moves children through the multiplication tables automatically. To do this, they will complete a Gig game. Gig games issue 100 multiplication questions starting with 10 questions on the 10s, followed by 10 questions on each of the 2s, 5s, 3s, 4s, 8s, 6s, 7s and 9s and then 5 questions on the 11s and the 12s. There is a 5 minute time limit and pupils will not necessarily get round to answering all 100 questions during that time, which is fine.
After their first Gig, pupils will be placed at the best starting point on the TTRS training course. Pupils are then directed to play a Gig game after learning every table as a way to track performance over time and adjust their learning pathway as necessary. It is here that the children can move from being a 'Busker' all the way through to being a 'Rock Hero'. There may be times that the children will receive other challenges through battles with other bands (other maths groups across the school), Rockslams (from and to other children and teachers) or be encouraged to go into the Festivals to play against children in the school or the Arena to play against other children around the world!
We expect the children to go onto TTRS at least 3 times per week and this should form part of their homework. It is useful to note that for the children in the lower school there is an area on the website called 'Soundcheck'. This mimics the Multiplication Tables Check that the children will be completing in the summer of term of Year 4. In this area the children will have 6 seconds to answer each question, so the 'speed' element is taken away. We will be encouraging our Year 4 children to use this area more frequently through the spring term for practice of the timings and the way the Multiplication Tables Check will work. However, this area is available to all children, should they want to have a go. Enjoy!
Click here for a link to the Times Table Rockstars website.
Mathletics is a useful tool for children to develop their speed and confidence in their maths skills. It can be used at home to consolidate learning, complete homework and hone their mental maths, utilising safe, on-line competitions with children worldwide.
Annually we will contact parents to ask for a voluntary contribution of £5 per child in order to cover the cost of the Mathletics subscription. If your child is currently on Free School Meals you will not be required to pay this.
All pupils will be given their Mathletics user name and password on a sticker in their Reading Record. Their user name and password will not change throughout their time at Wallace Fields Junior School.
Click here for a link to the Mathletics website.
Following are some amazing videos created by some of the amazing children in our school. Please be aware that the legal age for watching a YouTube video without an adult present is 13 and so we advise that you should only watch these with a parent or carer present. Parents can set up an account in youtubekids.com to ensure that there is more security around the videos that children are watching and we would recommend this to all.
The videos are very well presented and very informative and were completed during the lockdown. The children show amazing mathematical knowledge, use excellent language and enthusiasm and are absolutely fabulous! Thank you to them for their amazing work!
Adding fractions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=yM2sGZsmfYE&t=10s
Subtracting fractions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWjAjcolxEk
Multiplying fractions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHuYY3pCBTU
Dividing fractions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sm1f72bO-nA
Multipy large numbers by two digit numbers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKAGj-61Zy4
Multiply large numbers by one digit numbers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3mwk4OqkiI
We hope enjoy and learn from them!
Further useful information on maths
National Numeracy Parent Toolkit has a wealth of tips and advice for parents.
Oxford Owl includes a range of activities, top tips and eBooks to help your child with their maths at home.
Maths 4 Mums and Dads explains some of the milestones children make between the ages of 3-and-11-years-old.
Nrich A range of maths games, problems and articles on all areas of maths. Parents of Key Stage 1 children should select ‘stage 1’ and parents of Key Stage 2 children should select ‘stage 2’. Do be aware though, that lots of these style activities are utilised in class also.
Tutor Bot contains completely free online maths games where children can practice their mathematics skills. It features over 100 different customisable games so a fun and new way to improve kids mathematics fluency, accuracy and speed.
List of Maths Websites for Children