Skills for Life
Overview Of Maths At Chantry Community Academy
At Chantry Community Academy, our Maths curriculum reflects the three main aims of the 2014 National Curriculum.
Children are encouraged to develop fluency in the fundamentals of mathematics, through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time. This enables children to develop a deeper conceptual understanding. Regular practice of basics such as number bonds and times tables supports this.
Children are also prompted to reason mathematically using appropriate vocabulary.
Children also apply the mathematics they are taught in a range of problem solving activities in each year group.
To support these aims, children throughout the school are regularly provided with a range of practical resources and manipulatives. Children are taught how to use these resources to develop their understanding of concepts such as the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) and place value. As a result, children have a deeper understanding of these concepts when completing written calculations.
To ensure appropriate coverage of the curriculum, Chantry Community Academy uses the Collins’ Busy Ants scheme of work. This scheme provides long and short term lesson plans which teachers adapt to meet the needs of their class.
Furthermore, Chantry Community Academy subscribes to Mathletics. This is an online range of activities and maths games that all children can access through their own personal log in. Mathletics is used to support children’s home learning as well as being used regularly in school for whole class teaching and intervention. Children’s comments regularly emphasise the enjoyment and challenge that they get from using Mathletics.
Teachers also use the ‘nrich’ website which provides a range of challenging activities that encourage children to investigate maths in a variety of contexts. These activities provide challenges that extend all children’s mathematical thinking.
Websites for reference:
http://www.wldps.com/gordons/ for a range of interactive games and activities.