Maths at Harold Court
Mathematics teaches children how to make sense of the world around them through developing their ability to calculate, reason and solve problems.
Mathematics is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:
- Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including the varied and regular practice of increasingly complex problems over time.
- Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, understanding relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.
- Can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
At Harold Court School Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline providing the solution to a problem. It is essential to everyday life: Our intention is that mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject. Our progression of skills format, (linking our curriculum together) and rigorous times tables practice and Rising Stars/White Rose resources allows our children to develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately. To reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language. Children can therefore solve problems, with confidence by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
Please find below useful documents and activity guidance to support your child at home;
NumBots is a highly engaging learning platform for learning to add and subtract. This whole school subscription is all about every child achieving the “triple win” of understanding, recall and fluency in mental addition and subtraction, so that they move from counting to calculating.
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Maths Activities for KS1
Sing along and learn lots about numbers. The Children in Reception and KS1 listen to the songs and stories everyday at Harold Court.
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Times Table Rock Stars
Times Table Rock Stars is a fun whole-school subscription that children can access in school and at home. It is a carefully sequenced programme of daily times tables practice.
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We expect all children at Harold Court to have a secure grasp of the multiplication tables. Just like learning to walk before you can run, learning multiplication and memorising the times tables are building blocks for other maths topics taught in school – such as division, long multiplication, fractions and algebra.
We explicitly teach and assess times tables. We recognise that pupils who do not memorise the times tables will find many aspects of maths much more difficult than they need to be. We therefore ask parents/ carers for support in helping their children to learn the multiplication tables.
Please find below short videos that show the different calculation methods we use in class: