At Stephen Freeman, we deliver the aims of the National Curriculum through implementing the core principles of maths mastery; working on each strand of the Maths National Curriculum: fluency, reasoning and problem solving, in order to become independent, confident learners. We deepen children’s understanding with contextual problems to ensure they can solve them when needed in the wider world. We aim to empower children to be their best and support children to take ownership of their needs, enabling them to identify resources and methods that suit them.
At Stephen Freeman, we have high expectations for each child to reach their potential, with high levels of support from staff to help this happen. Pictorial and concrete representations are always used as the foundation for learning to embed concepts and understanding, leading pupils to be confident and able learners.
We follow the White Rose Hub curriculum map, this allows for lessons to be taught in structured blocks that build upon the children’s previous learning. Lessons are taught sequentially to ensure concepts are embedded and understood. Using the White Rose Hub small steps allows learning to be engaging as well as providing pictorial representations to support concrete resources used in the classroom. Children will revisit topics each year, such as place value and the four operations, as they build upon their prior knowledge.
To support fluency, our Reception, Year 1 and 2 children take part in the Mastering Number scheme, developed by the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics. The programme strives to develop children’s number sense, which is vital to early mathematics.
At Stephen Freeman children have access to two online mathematical games; Numbots and TTRockstars.
For our learners who are focussing on number bonds, addition and subtraction facts we offer Numbots. Children are encouraged to play little and often to improve children’s recall. If you would like to know more about Numbots please read the parent letter and the help sheet.
For our learners who have grasped addition and subtraction facts to 100, we encourage children to practice their times tables, using Times Tables Rock Stars. This is an award-winning learning platform that provides children the opportunity to earn coins and try to place on our school leader board through regular use. Children can have tables set by their class teachers to help them focus on the tables they need. If you would like to know more about TTRockstars, please see the support videos.
Multiplication check – Year 4
In Year 3 and 4, there is a focus on times tables leading up the Multiplication check in Year 4. Find information here on the check.
Websites to support your child’s mathematics:
Numbots – https://numbots.com/
TTRockstars – https://ttrockstars.com/
Top Marks – https://www.topmarks.co.uk/