Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome to the Maths section of our school's website. We will be using this page to keep you up-to-date with relevant news and information regarding Maths here at Longlands.
We are pleased to announce that as of this term Mr King will be stepping aside from the strategic leadership of Maths at school and handing responsibility jointly to Miss Brook (Mitchell Class) and Mrs Harris (Britto Class). Collectively they will continue to oversee the school's mission to ensure we are striving to have all children at Longlands become strong, confident and fluent mathematicians.
Miss Brook will be overseeing the continued roll-out of Mathematics Mastery across EYFS and KS1 and look forward to having continued success as MM makes it's way into Year 2 from September 2018. Meanwhile Mrs Harris will be leading the development of an embedded mastery approach to Mathematics in Key Stage 2, and in particular overseeing materials designed to support this approach supplied by the White Rose Maths Hub. For more details regarding both of these approaches to Maths teaching here at Longlands please see the information below.
In addition to considering how we most effectively teach maths in the classroom, this academic year we will be continuing to explore alternative ways of having children engage with mathematics and raise the overall profile of the subject. With that in mind, we are pleased to announce that the school will once again be supporting the NSPCC with their 'Number Day' appeal on Friday 1st February 2019.
Please take a moment to familiarise yourself with the content on this page. Within you will find details regarding curriculum coverage, information from previous parent workshops, times tables schedules and many other things. We will strive to keep this page up to date regularly and to share with people lots of exciting things that are happening within Maths here at Longlands.
Mathematics Mastery at Longlands
Since 2017 the school has been using 'Mathematics Mastery' to support the teaching of maths in EYFS and Key Stage 1.
The principles that are central to Mathematics Mastery mean that maths lessons may look very different to what parents may normally expect.
The curricular principles of Mathematics Mastery are:
- Fewer topics in greater depth
- Mastery for all pupils
- Number sense and place value come first
- Problem solving is central
What this means in practical terms is that pupils are not going to be accelerating through curriculum content, as they may have done previously, but going deeper into it through depth questions and tasks. In this way, we believe this approach is key to helping children become more fluent , well-rounded and confident mathematicians. We believe it is important for our children are challenged to demonstrate and reason their mathematical understanding in a number of different ways before moving onto the next concept. For more information, please see the powerpoint below which was presented to parents at the programme's launch:
White Rose Maths
Parent information from Mr King's Maths workshops
Please find below Times Tables schedules for 2018/19 for Years 2 to 6. If you are unsure of what week your child's class is currently on, then please contact the class teacher. Children in mixed-age classes will undertake Times Tables tests relevant to their academic year group: