At Richard Alibon, we aim to develop and nurture our children, so that they become confident mathematicians for the future. We want them to know and understand the purpose, relevance and importance of mathematics in everyday life. Our intention is for every child to be number confident so that they can make a valued contribution for themselves, the wider community and the world around them.
The Richard Alibon way of teaching mathematics
In the foundation stage, children are given the opportunity to develop their understanding of number, measurement, pattern, shape and space through a combination of short, formal teaching as well as a range of planned structured play situations which encourage exploration and investigation.
In Key stage one and two maths lessons are broken down into several parts all of which contribute to make each pupil a more willing, confident and capable mathematician. This is taught four days a week with Friday being focused solely on arithmetic practise or a using and applying investigation.
In Key Stage 1, lessons are taught in class groups. In Key Stage 2, children are grouped according to their ability to enable specific targeted teaching. All lessons are differentiated and planned using our own scheme of work which has been developed using the guidance from the new 2014 National Curriculum.
The topic areas are:
- Number and place value
- Addition and subtraction
- Multiplication and division
- Fractions (including decimals and percentages)
- Geometry – Properties of shapes
- Geometry Position and Direction
- Algebra (Year 6)
Ratio and proportion (Year 6)
Parents and Homework
Children in years 1-6 will receive homework on Monday and will be expected to return it on Friday.
In Year 5 and 6, all children have access to the Mathletics website. Where they can practise their mathematics skills online and complete homework set by their teacher.
How you can help your child at home
We know that parents make a significant difference to children’s progress. Learning times-table facts, reading the time, using kitchen scales to measure, handling money are all important maths skills which can be easily practised at home.
Parents can also support their child in developing their confidence in using written methods and strategies which have been taught at school. Please see the calculation policy posters and videos for in- depth guidance of the strategies that are being taught at Richard Alibon.
Videos showing methods and strategies
Some useful websites which will support maths learning at home:
- BBC Bitesize
Maths Apps you might find useful for your phone or tablet
- Jungle time
- Tick tock app
- Telling The Time: Adrian Brodie Basics
- Kids Math
Learning and practising times – tables
To encourage children to learn their multiplication tables an award system has been designed. We see this as a great achievement and commend all the children who are working hard to achieve the next award.
Bronze award: 2, 5, 10 timetables in any order and related division facts.
Silver award: 3, 4, 6 timetables in any order and related division facts
Gold award: 7, 8, 9 timetable in any order and related division facts
Platinum award: all tables in any order up to 12 including multiplication facts for decimal numbers and multiples of ten.
Diamond award: all as above including squared and cubed up to 10, prime numbers, and multiples of ten.
Pin badges are given to represent each award. Once a child has reached Diamond they are given the choice of a mathematician’s tool which is either a scientific calculator or geometry set.
If you would like to find out more about the curriculum our school is following please ask to speak to the Maths Lead at the school. A link to the National Curriculum Programmes of Study which also contain useful information can be found here
Our curriculum overviews for each year group can be found below: