Mathematics at Great Bentley
At Great Bentley Primary School, our aim is to inspire an intrinsic love of maths in our children. We value the importance of developing a range of mathematical skills including; reasoning; problem solving and mental arithmetic.
Our daily problem solving and sophisticated questioning across the school encourages our children to make connections between different mathematical concepts and explain their reasoning behind problems that they face. We value the importance of challenge and encourage our children to challenge their own abilities to continually improve and build on their existing knowledge.
We believe in the importance of making maths as hands on and practical as possible to give the children the opportunity to apply their learning to a real life context.
For our children, we have found that when discrete maths skills are taught and then further used to reinforce and enhance other areas of the curriculum, for example in DT, Science, Computing and Art, our children begin to understand how maths can be used in wider life.
Our aims this year are to incorporate fractions, decimals and percentages into as much of our learning as possible. We aim to provide our children with more cross-curricular maths learning as well as daily arithmetic's with an emphasis on fractions, decimals and percentages.
Please see below for what maths 'looks like' in terms of objectives across our school from EYFS-Year 6.
What will Maths look like in Early Years Foundation Stage?
- Counting up to ten and beyond, using cardinal numbers
- Recognising the numbers 1 to 9
- Counting aloud in ones, twos, fives, tens
- Estimating a number of objects and checking by counting
- Matching and comparing the number of objects in two groups
- Counting out a number of objects from a larger group
- Positioning items according to their place in a group using ordinal numbers (first, second, third, etc.)
- Using a number line to count on and back
- Finding one more or one less than a number from 1 to ten
- Sharing objects into equal groups and counting how many are in each group
- Understanding that ‘addition’ means combining and ‘subtraction’ means taking away
- Finding the total number of items in two groups by counting them all
- Comparing numbers and recognising which is ‘more’ or ‘less’
Shape, space and measures
- Comparing quantities and using words such as ‘greater’, ‘smaller’, ‘heavier’ or ‘lighter’
- Recognising and creating their own simple patterns
- Naming and describing the shape and size of solid (3D) and flat (2D) shapes
- Using everyday words to describe the position of objects
- Sorting familiar objects and describing their differences and similarities
- Making patterns and building models
- Putting two or three items in order, according to their length or weight
- Matching shapes and patterns
- Building on a basic understanding of time: putting familiar events in sequence; measuring time, using a sand-timer
Maths Curriculum from Year 1-Year 6
Here are our maths calculation and progression documents:
In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity - Albert Einstein
Everything is theoretically impossible until it's done - Robert A. Heinlein
Math may not teach us to add love or subtract hate but it gives us every reason to hope that every problem has a solution.
Additional home learning maths links...
This site has a large number of teaching videos matched to practise interactives on a wide range of maths topics in number, algebra, measurement and geometry. All of the videos are categorised by grade (year) level and by maths topics. Grade (year) levels covered include K – 12.
This site has many teaching videos matched to practise interactives on a wide range of maths topics in number, algebra, measurement and geometry. All of the videos are categorised by grade (year) level and by maths topics. Grade (year) levels covered include K – 6.
This site has a good selection of short animation videos to explain and demonstrate a wide range of mathematical concepts. Mainly for Grade 4-7 (Year 4 – 7). (Note: Uses USA imperial measures)
This site has games and videos across many maths concepts. All of the resources are categorised by grade (year) and maths topics. Grade (year) levels covered include Grade 1 - 6 (Year 1 - 6).
This site has a selection of videos and games. The resources available are categorized by grade (year) and topics. While not all topics are covered, what is covered is good. Grade (year) levels covered include K – 10.
Easy to use to practise games for a very wide range of maths skills from Pre K – Grade 12 (Pre K- Year 12).
This site has many teaching and learning resources for many topics in maths. All of the resources are interactive and compatible with desktop and mobile devices and interactive whiteboards. Grade (year) levels covered include Grade 2 - Grade 6 (Grade 2 - Year 6).
This site has many short, sharp visual animations of mathematical concepts – mainly for older primary and early secondary students.
This site has games across many maths concepts. All of the resources are categorised by grade (year) and maths topics. Grade (year) levels covered include Pre K – Grade 6 (Pre K - Year 6).
This site has games across many maths concepts. All of the resources are categorised by grade (year) and maths topics. Grade (year) levels covered include Grade 1 - 6 (Year 1 - 6).
Other Home-schooling Resources
We also recommend these 2 sites for home-schooling support.
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You can access this online via the web address below or alternatively, download the app to your android/ smartphone.
What we do to celebrate the children's achievements:
We celebrate the children's achievements weekly in assembly and issue certificates that can be celebrated at home with parents/ carers.