Numeracy at Stobhillgate is taught in accordance with the new Primary curriculum, which came into force for most year groups in September 2014. The main changes are:
- Five-year-olds will be expected to learn to count up to 100 (compared to 20 under the current curriculum) and learn number bonds to 20 (currently up to 10)
- Simple fractions (1/4 and 1/2) will be taught from KS1, and by the end of primary school, children should be able to convert decimal fractions to simple fractions (e.g. 0.375 = 3/8)
- By the age of nine, children will be expected to know times tables up to 12x12 (currently 10x10 by the end of primary school)
- Calculators will not be introduced until near the end of KS2, to encourage mental arithmetic
- Our main focus is to cover all of the objectives through engaging, practical and fun activities, using a combination of independent and group work.
All pupils in Key stage 1 and 2 will be registered with Abacus online by Spring Term. Abacus is an online learning environment where children can complete fun games in their home environment. The aim is to promote a love of maths extending the teaching and learning from the classroom. Games and activities will be set by teaching staff every half term and are accessible from all mobile, tablet and laptop devices. All children have been given their online username and password and we hope they enjoy their challenges.
How can I help my child with Maths?
Numeracy is a life skill. Being numerate goes beyond simply 'doing sums'; it means having the confidence and competence to use numbers and think mathematically in everyday life. You can do this with your child by:
- Sharing simple counting activities, such as how many toys are out, or how many cups are on the table
- Singing counting songs such as ‘Ten Green Bottles’, ‘Ten Fat Sausages’ etc
- Encouraging them to help you weigh out ingredients while cooking
- Asking them what time it is, and how long it is until the next hour
- Getting them to count money, and work out change
- Asking them what time a film will finish or what time tea will be ready (for example if you put a chicken in the oven at 4pm and it takes an hour and a half to cook)
- Ensuring that they know the order of the days and months, as well as when their birthday is, along with other family members’
- Chanting and singing times tables (the Percy Parker app is fantastic for this, and only costs 59p)
Our aim is that every child has a love of numbers and an attitude of ‘I can do Maths’