# ​​Maths

At Redhill mathematics is an essential part of the curriculum. As well as a core curriculum requirement, we aim to embed skills across the curriculum, with children having opportunities to apply their mathematical learning in real-life contexts. Mathematics is taught to every child, everyday, and shaped around the key outcomes expected from the New Curriculum 2014, which include a wide range of areas: number and place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, fractions, ratio and proportion, geometry – position and direction and properties of shape, statistics, algebra and measurement. In all sessions, the 3 key aims of the curriculum are emphasised: number facts and knowledge, reasoning and communication, and problem solving, to ensure the children leave us as positive, confident and secure mathematicians who are willing to persevere and think creatively.

By the time children leave our school they should be able to:

• Read, write, count, order, partition and round numbers to 10 000 000 and decimal number with up to three places
• Calculate, with both mental and written strategies, using all four operations with whole numbers, fractions, decimals and negative numbers
• Manipulate fractions in order to read, write, order, compare and calculate with them, including using decimal and percentage equivalences
• Transform shapes in different ways (reflect, rotate, translate) and plot in all four quadrants of a co-ordinate grid
• Recognise, describe and draw a wide range of 2D and 3D shapes and use knowledge of angles within them
• Interpret and construct bar graphs, line graphs and pie charts and use averages to compare data
• Use, read, write and convert between standard units of measures (length, mass, capacity, time) and calculate and compare perimeter, area and volume of different shapesSolve a range of problems in all contexts, making use of algebraic knowledge

Above all, children should believe in themselves as mathematicians to ensure a solid foundation to build on as they move on to secondary school.

Tips to Support Your Child with Maths

There are lots of things you can do to support your child at home! The most important thing to remember is that maths should be fun—we want children to enjoy what they are learning and feel confident in their own abilities. This will help them to be willing to “have a go”, even if they are not sure of something.

Maths is all around you and can do done little and often:

Discuss the shapes that you can see around the house or on a walk,, talk about the properties that make them special.
Read the numbers that you see on signs—really good on a long drive on the motorway!
When shopping, ask children to work out the totals or the change you might get. Discuss what the cost would be if I had 2, 3 or 4 of something. They could also estimate the cost with a larger shop!
If cooking, ask the children to measure out the ingredients. Talk about the units they are using (eg: grams for weight; millilitres for liquids) This also involves reading numbers!
Go out on a walk—count the number of cars or animals you see. You could make a graph of the data, ask questions about it, sort them in different ways.

It is also important that you do lots of work with numbers. Children need to have a secure understanding of numbers to achieve their best.  These are just some ideas you could use to make the work fun and interesting:

· Ordering number cards on a washing line
· Encouraging children to use their number bonds to find change from 10p, 20p, 50p and £1
· Painting times tables arrays/patterns
· Matching pairs games (this could be times tables, number bonds, matching pictures to numbers or even shapes)
· Beat the calculator or parent—Who can find the answer to the question the quickest?
· Applying doubling and halving skills when cooking and using recipes
· Learning finger games and rhymes for times tables and number bonds

For children who have computer access at home, there are lots of games you can use on the computer. These are really good for motivating children who are less enthusiastic about written tasks:

http://www.mathschamps.co.uk/?gclid=COSQuduhg7MCFYTMtAodq0UA7Q
http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Interactive.aspx?cat=20
http://www.crickweb.co.uk/
http://www.mathszone.co.uk/
http://www.ictgames.com/resources.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/websites/4_11/site/numeracy.shtml
http://www.wmnet.org.uk/resources/gordon/Hit%20the%20button%20v9.swf
http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/maths/index.html

Finally, please feel free to ask your child’s teacher if you would like a copy of the written calculation strategies that we use in school. This will help you to support the strategies that we use in each year group when children are working with larger numbers.