At Etz Chaim we strive to ensure that every child believes they are a mathematician and there is no ceiling to their mathematical capabilities. Maths is not just about answering sums and drawing neat diagrams, it is about logic, reasoning, discussion and interpretation. We make it creative and challenging and ultimately a lot of fun! We take a practical approach to Maths and ensure every child is challenged, stretched and smiles in every Maths lesson! Where possible we ensure we have a wide variety of cross curricular links with Maths to ensure the learning is more meaningful for the child. We also have plenty of Maths opportunities out for the children in continuous provision which consolidates their learning from the previous week.
Here are samples of work from across the school to give a flavour of the Maths the children learn at Etz Chaim.
Please click here to see Nursery
Please click here to see Reception
Please click here to see Year 1
Please click here to see Year 2
Please click here to see Year 3
Please click here to see Year 4
Maths Week 2016
At the end of February we celebrated Etz Chaim Maths Week to coincide with the Leap Day on Monday 29th February and World Maths Day on Friday 4th March.
The focus was Real-life Maths, Problem solving and Reasoning. The aim was to get the children talking maths and explaining their thinking.
See below for a run down of each day's events...
Monday 29th Feb - Leap Day activities .
Tuesday 1st March - Maths Workshops where the children spent the day engrossed in Mathematical thinking about a range of problems and discussion activities. They were encouraged to use Numicon to help prove mathematical theories and model their ideas.
Wednesday was Maths in Real-life Day where the children carried out activities such as baking as well as measuring, both inside and out.
Thursday was World Book Day - The children carried out Maths tasks based around books.
Friday was World Maths Day with more exciting investigational activities.
We all enjoyed Maths Week!
At Etz Chaim we use Numicon to support the children’s learning of Mathmatics. Numicon is a multi-sensory approach, built on a proven teaching method that raises achievement across all ability levels. Numicon is designed to give children the understanding of number ideas and number relationships that is essential for success in maths. We use it in all year groups with a variety of different approaches.
With problem-solving, reasoning and conversation at its heart, Numicon perfectly expresses the aims of the Primary National Curriculum 2014 for Mathematics:
Develops fluency by using a visual, practical base to develop conceptual understanding and fluent recall.
Helps children to reason mathematically through the use of concrete objects and spoken language to explain and justify.
Develops children into confident problem-solvers.
Click here to see Numicon used throughout the school.
Real Life Maths
At Etz Chaim we always try to contextualise Maths, so that the children understand the links between the mathematics that they learn in school and how to use Maths in real life situations. We try to show that mathematics is not an isolated subject, by linking learning to the practical matters of the real world around them.
Maths across the Curriculum
Mathematics can contribute towards many subjects within the primary curriculum and opportunities are sought to draw mathematical experience out of a wide range of activities. This provides opportunities for children to begin to use and apply their mathematics in real contexts.
Please click here to view the Calculation Policy
Etz Chaim has purchased a license for every child in Year 1-6 to have access to Mathletics. It is a fantastic online resource used not only to practise Maths skills and consolidate mathematical concepts learnt in class, but also used to compete in Maths quizzes with children all around the world. Each child has their own unique username and password which they can use to log on at www.mathletics.com. It can be accessed via any computer or tablet with an internet connection or by downloading the app. The teacher regularly updates the children’s accounts with what they are learning or what needs reinforcing.
Please click here to see the new National Curriculum end of year expectations for Maths.
Please click here to view the Maths Parent Workshop
The school has purchased an online resource to embed times table recall called TTRockstars. The children throughout Key Stages One and Two have used TTRockstars on a regular basis within Tabletop and Continuous Provision as well as at home to embed their fluency in times tables facts.
Magical Maths Moments
Every class has approximately 10 minutes set aside each day for our Magical Maths Moments. This is a time to practise and consolidate quick mental recall of number facts. eg number bonds, counting forwards and backwards or up in jumps, table facts etc.