When children across the country are asked how they find maths the buzz words that come across are: “boring, irrelevant and hard”. At Anglesey we strive to make Maths, “exciting, relevant and achievable.”
In our daily Maths lesson, we seek to provide children with the mathematical content they require in an exciting, relevant and achievable context. We support our children to become confident mathematicians through a process of do it, prove it and solve it. At each stage, the level of challenge increases. We want our children not just to know the maths but apply their knowledge in order to really master the curriculum.
In addition to our daily Maths lesson, extra focus is placed on core number skills. Both Key Stage 1 and 2 children complete a daily maths skills session before the main maths lesson the focuses of key number skills
At Anglesey some year groups are taught in sets to ensure all children are taught at their level allowing for targeted smaller groups and interventions as appropriate.
- Start and end with assessment. Accurate assessment of what children can and can’t do to inform planning and ensure common errors and misconceptions are addressed.
- Ensure progress. Planning, marking and target setting to ensure all pupils make rapid progress from their individual starting points.
- Focus on solving problems. Conceptual understanding, discussion and, maths and real life problems to form the heart of our Maths’ teaching.
- Give children a maths toolkit. Focus on key skills in maths so children have a toolkit of skills to tackle maths with.
- Nurture mathematicians. Opportunity in lessons to nurture mathematical independence, allow time for reflection and develop logical thinkers.
- Aim high. Teachers communicate high expectations, enthusiasm and passion about mathematics to learners.
- Make Maths Magical. Use a range of high quality resources to bring maths to life for our children.
Every week, children are set home learning on MyMaths in Key Stage 2. In Key Stage 1, pupils are set home number work to practise every week,
As well as this formal home learning these sites may also be useful to use at home with your child: