In a bid to help the children improve their mental maths skills, the children are encouraged to practise their Maths at home through Keyworth’s Home Maths Rocket Scheme. The new National Curriculum places a huge emphasis on children knowing their number facts and our scheme is designed to encourage the children to practise and learn them at home with your support.
The scheme involves six ‘Rocket Cards’ that are pitched at the expected standard for each year group from Year 1 through to Year 6. All children are given the Maths Rocket of the year group that they are in unless they are working below age-related expectations, where they are given a Maths Rocket that is pitched at their maths level.
Each week, the children’s maths teacher informs them of which objective they will be learning in school and will additionally need to practise at home as their homework. Every Friday, the children are given 10 questions to answer in relation to this objective, with a child needing to get all questions correct to have achieved that objective. Once they have completed all of the objectives in a ‘step’ they receive a certificate, which is presented during Rewards Assembly, and a prize.
Maths is taught every day and largely follows a structure of a short mental/arithmetic starter followed by the core lesson. Lessons are grouped into units by subject.
The units and order of lessons follow the medium-term plans / schemes of learning as set out in White Rose Maths. Lessons are based on small steps to ensure full and deep understanding.
Lessons follow the mastery structure of starting with varied fluency before moving onto to reasoning and problem-solving. When children are secure in the fluency skills studied in the lesson, they then move onto reasoning and problem-solving tasks which become progressively more challenging.
Resources (such as number lines, place value counters, dienes) are available to all pupils in any lesson where relevant and form part of the teaching. During independent work, relevant resources continue to be made available to children to choose from to support their own learning.
When children have completed the fluency part of a lesson, they work in a group of 3 to peer- mark what they have done. This gives them the opportunity to discuss their answers and confirm their thinking, as well as improving their ability to prove their thinking and use mathematical vocabulary.
HOME LEARNING SCHEME
In a bid to help the children improve their mental maths skills, the children are encouraged to practise their Maths at home through Keyworth's Home Maths Rocket Scheme. The new National Curriculum places a huge emphasis on children knowing their number facts and our scheme is designed to encourage the children to practise and learn them at home with your support.
The scheme involves six ‘Rocket Cards’ that are pitched at the expected standard for each year group from Year 1 through to Year 6. All children are given the Maths Rocket of the year group that they are in and the mental starters for the week's Maths lessons relate to the rocket card step they should be practising.
Practical Maths Lessons
In conjunction with following the White Rose scheme of learning, Keyworth pupils also complete practical Maths lessons based on real life situations. This prepares the pupils for the real world, encourages collaborative learning and enables mathematical conversations. Be it an architect, shopkeeper, doctor, engineer or more; everyone needs Maths!
Please see below some examples of these lessons. Click on each image if you wish to enlarge it.
Classes in Reception have been learning their bonds to 5 and 10, using practical resources. They've also been exploring shapes, patterns and colours! Check out some of their work below:
Here are some Year 2 pupils enjoying a practical positions and directions lesson. One person was a robot and the other had to give their partner instructions to get them across the obstacle course, using language such as forwards, backwards, turn, right and left.
As part of their shape unit, Year 4 have been exploring patterns and trying out being architects and designers! They discussed how in these professions, people must use knowledge of shapes and tessellations in order to build, design and construct objects.
Year 6 were tasked with being the gem total counters! The children used their knowledge of the four operations to work out a series of questions. The children worked in groups, using whiteboards, to solve each question- discussing and choosing the correct operation each time.