Maths at Willowcroft
At Willowcroft, we want every child to enjoy learning maths. We know that, to enjoy a subject, a child has to feel confident and know that they have the necessary skills to add, subtract, divide, multiply and solve number problems. Of course, maths is not just about number. Children learn to recognise and explain patterns, interpret graphs and timetables, construct shapes and understand their properties.
Children are given opportunities to explore mathematical concepts through the use of resources. As a school we place a big emphasis on children developing the number calculations using equipment such as Numicon which enables children to recognise patterns and relationships in numbers. Children are encouraged to explore new concepts through maths investigations that allow the children to communicate, reason and problem solve in order to develop their understanding.
The overall aim is that when children leave Willowcroft they:
• have a secure knowledge of number facts and a good understanding of the four operations;
• can calculate mentally using one-digit and two-digit numbers and have secure strategies to calculate bigger numbers;
• use diagrams and notes to help record steps when using mental methods that generate more information than can be kept in their heads;
• have an efficient, reliable, written method of calculation for each operation that they can apply with confidence.
• use a calculator effectively, using their mental skills to monitor the process, check the steps involved and decide if the numbers displayed make sense.
Willowcroft Maths Interventions
In order to support children who find maths challenging, we run a number of essential maths interventions to help children develop a secure understanding in a given maths concept. Staff in school will identify children who need additional support in maths through lessons and then provide opportunities for these children to have these excellent intervention programmes.
The interventions that we run are as follows:
First Class @ Number 1
This intervention is delivered by Mrs Axenderrie and is targeted at children in Year 1 and Foundation. The aim of this intervention is to develop children’s understanding of Place Value and to support them in counting up and down, as well as identifying number patterns.
Mrs Placentino is our numbers counts teacher and she delivers effective support on a 1:1 basis to children in Year 2. She supports children with their Place Value as well as Partitioning of numbers and becoming secure in mental calculation methods. Children in these sessions will also work on recognising and identifying number patterns and sequences.
First Class @ Number 2
This intervention is delivered by Mrs Gardiner and is targeted at children in Year 3/4. The intervention works on securing important number facts and builds on children’s confidence to calculate mathematical problems. The children use hands on resources to embed the mathematical concepts being taught. Children will work in small groups during this intervention up to a maximum of 4 children.
Success @ Arithmetic
This intervention is led by Mrs Oglesby and is for children in Year 5/6. Children work in groups of 3 in developing their understanding of mathematical calculations. The main focus of this intervention is to develop secure mental and written calculations for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Children do this through learning and revising some of the methods stated on the previous pages and become much more efficient in solving real life problems.
Much of the work carried out in these interventions is equally completed in the classroom. All class teachers will use the skills outlined in these interventions in their daily maths lessons.