# Maths

### Mathematics

We aim to develop confidence in mental calculation skills providing children with a range of mathematical strategies and understanding necessary for life.

Throughout our maths we concentrate on ensuring children understand how maths works and the development of a good understanding of number. Number facts such as number bonds, multiplication tables and doubling are practised and developed at school and at home. We place emphasis on investigation and practical activities working on exploration of number, shape, space, measurement and data handling. Homework reinforces objectives from the lesson and provides opportunities to practise key skills. Links are made across the curriculum wherever possible to enhance the children’s understanding of mathematics.

Maths - Scheme of Work (click on mixed year groups to access the class Long Term Plans)

## Top tips for learning times tables

There are lots of websites and smartphone apps that offer interactive and fun ways for your child to learn their times tables. We are very conscious that every child is unique and learns in a different way so our teachers have come up with a list, within which you should be able to find a way that engages your child. Or you can just chant them like we used to do in the 'old days'!

• Write them down - on paper, on a blackboard, on a whiteboard, in the sand, on the patio with pavement chalk!

• A little and often family quiz in the car

• Make up rhymes to help you remember some of them eg I ate and ate and was sick on the floor, 8 x 8 is 64

• Encourage the children to use key facts that they know well and build on them eg 7 x 7 = 49 and then add on 7 to make 8 x 7 etc

• Use division for inverse operation eg 3 x 4 = 12 and 12 ÷ 4 = 3

• Click on the link below and print off the times tables to put on the wall

• Do it every day! Flex your muscle power :)

## Online and Smartphone Apps

Hit the Button is an interactive maths game with quick fire questions on number bonds, times tables, division facts, doubling and halving, multiples, and square numbers. The games which are against the clock challenge and develop a child's mental maths skills. Designed for 6 to 11 years olds, the activities can be matched to appropriate mathematical ability. Regular use of Hit the Button can help children to sharpen their recall of vital number facts in a fun way and learning multiplication tables need not be boring. Hit the button can be played free of charge by clicking here or you can download the app to any smartphone.

Maths Rockx is an app for smartphones. It is believed that children learn best through music; rhythm and beat, melody and sound. The music creates memory triggers for the lyrics. When you combine these with the visual cues, recalling the Times Tables will become an automatic response. Repetition is key. The Maths Rockx app has selected 11 fantastic songs, from some of the world's best artists; One Direction, P!NK, Will.i.am and Pharrell Williams - to name a few. The Times Tables fit perfectly and the songs sound brilliant! This app isn't cheap - currently £9.99 to download - but it does work! You can find out more by clicking here.

Squeebles Times Tables is a smartphone app that offers a fun way for children to learn and practise tables, helping Whizz to rescue 40 of the Squeebles from the nasty Maths Monster as a reward for their hard work. Featuring a great reward system, fun mini game, 8 tables modes, unlimited players and plenty of stats and reporting for you to see how your children are improving. It is currently £2.99 to download and can also be bought as part of the full Squeebles app. For more information, click here.