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 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.
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.
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.
List of Maths Websites for Children