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Mathematical Understanding

Maths at The Vine equips pupils with the confidence and skills needed to solve mathematical problems in the classroom and a real life context. The focus of fluency, reasoning and problem solving provides children with a repertoire of skills to enable them to use and apply efficient methods of calculation.

As children become more confident with calculations they move through the stages within the calculation policy enabling them to master a more efficient method for solving number problems. They also develop their mental calculation skills by regularly practising ‘Number Talks’ where they have to explain their method. We encourage children to take risks and have a strong ethos that making mistakes is part of the learning process.
We show children that Maths is important in all aspects of everyday life. At The Vine we develop children’s understanding through an active, hands on approach which encourages enthusiastic learners. Children can then take these skills and use them in all areas of the curriculum. Maths at The Vine can bring moments of wonder and pleasure when a link is discovered, when a problem is solved or when a more efficient method is mastered.
At The Vine we follow the national Maths curriculum to develop skills across the nine strands.

  • Number and place value

  • Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division

  • Fractions (including decimals and percentages)

  • Ratio and proportion

  • Algebra

  • Measurement

  • Geometry - Properties of shape

  • Geometry – Position and direction

  • Statistics

Maths Intent and The School Vision 

At The Vine we aim for all children to have a secure understanding of the basic skills of Mathematics so that they can access all learning at their level.  We will equip pupils with the confidence and skills needed to solve mathematical problems in the classroom and a real life context.

The focus of fluency, reasoning and problem solving provides children with a repertoire of skills to enable them to use and apply efficient methods of calculation.

To show children that Maths is important in all aspects of everyday life we develop children’s understanding through an active, hands on approach which encourages enthusiastic learners.  Children can then take these skills and use them in all areas of the curriculum.

Maths at The Vine can bring moments of wonder and pleasure when a link is discovered, when a problem is solved or when a more efficient method is mastered.Using resources such as NRICH encourages working together to make us stronger mathematicians (many hearts make a school).Contentment and peace are part of the structure of Maths learning; contentment as children learn that slow, steady and progressive hard work will lead to developing a secure and deep understanding of Maths.  Peace as Maths requires logical thinking and methodical practise embodying ‘good order’.

 

British Values and SMSC

 Maths shows the Christian values of patience and perseverance.  Maths allows all children to experience new concepts which will need patience and perseverance to achieve and understand.

 Children develop social skills through working together with a partner, in small groups or as a whole class especially in the area of problem solving

 Maths enables pupils to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence by actively ‘having a go’ even when it is new or tricky.

 It encourages respect for other people as children are required to listen as others share their Maths thinking.

Times Tables Mountain Challenge

To encourage the learning and embedding of times tables, the 'Times Tables Mountain Challenge', works through the tables following the Cambridgeshire Maths Teams guidance on order of teaching.  By the time children reach their seven times table, they will only have one new fact to learn.

Children will start on their mountain challenge in the Spring term of Year 2. 

Each week, the children will sit a 5 minute test to determine where they are on a given mountain.  For a child to move up a stage, they need to get all calculations correct two weeks in a row.  One they have completed a mountain, they will recieve a certificate and move on to the next mountain.  Once the final mountain summit has been reached, the children will receive a small reward.

Below are the details for each mountain and an example of a weekly test. 

Mountain 1 - Mount Elbrus

Mountain 2 - Mount Kilimanjaro

Mountain 3 - Acongagua

Mountain 4 - Mount Everest

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