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Subjects JS Maths KS1

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The teaching and learning of Mathematics in Key Stage One at The Junior School is coordinated by Mrs Esther Alexandrides.

Mathematics in years Pre School to Year 2 (Key Stage One) is taught through the programme of “Big Maths Clic.” Big Maths is a fun, lively programme that has been developed in the U.K. and is a new way of looking at the New Primary Mathematics National Curriculum. Through “Big Maths,”children follow a natural sequence of progression. Teaching focuses on the core basic skills for Mathematics, (Core Numeracy) as children need to have the basic skills in order to use the basic skills. They then learn how to apply these basic skills in the using and applying part of Mathematics, which is referred to as “Outer Numeracy” or “Problem Solving.” Through the teaching of “Big Maths” children are taught as individuals who are challenged and supported depending on their individual needs. Every child has a personal ‘Clic Book’ which records which step each child is on in their personal learning journey and what they are aiming for next. Children at The Junior School take part in a structured maths session every day which is broken into 4 parts. The first 2 parts of the lesson involve counting and memorising essential number facts.  The main part of the lesson involves learning how these facts can be used to solve calculations and word problems. The non- number part of mathematics is also taught in this part of the lesson. This lesson structure is applied across the entire school, in order that the children have progression in their learning. (Please click on the Big Maths Link on our website for more information about Big Maths)

 In addition to “Big Maths,” The Junior School uses other resources to support the children’s learning in Mathematics, one being the Abacus Maths Scheme, which follows the objectives outlined in the New National Curriculum. Computing is also incorporated into our Maths lessons, including the use of maths related apps on iPads.

The children’s learning is assessed formally at the end of every half term, through written assessments which are given a percentage grade. At the end of each year the children undergo a final assessment and are awarded a National Curriculum score. In addition to this, weekly tests are given on times tables and number facts to encourage the children to memorise core facts in mathematics.

At the Junior School, especially with the younger children, we believe that children’s learning is accelerated and reinforced through the playing of maths games. Games enable learning to be more fun and often the children don’t even realize they are learning! This style of teaching is extremely beneficial for children who lack confidence in mathematics while at the same time it enables more able children to make new discoveries.

Throughout the school year events are planned to help the children explore maths in their everyday environment. We have an annual “Maths Day” where the usual curriculum is suspended and the children take part in activities related to problem solving, measure, data handling and shape and space. Other events are also planned so that children take their learning outside and explore number and shape and space in their environment.

Mathematics at The Junior School is also linked where ever possible with other subjects in the curriculum, in order that the children experience cross curricular learning. Maths can be inter woven into many other subjects such as: Computing, Science, Geography, Art and even P.E.


Useful Websites

Below are some useful websites that are used to support the learning of mathematics.

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it
Aristotle