At St Mark’s Primary School we love maths and see it as an essential life skill. We are committed to ensuring that children have a positive and meaningful experience of mathematics throughout the school. We offer a curriculum that secures essential knowledge and skills whilst giving the children many opportunities to use and apply their mathematical skills across the curriculum, through real life problem solving and mathematical investigations.
'The teaching of maths is good overall.'
Ofsted Inspection Report December 2013
Every child in the school is signed up to the award winning Mathletics website and given a personal password to give them access. This interactive website is full of helpful guidance, games and challenges. Mathletics as it is a great resource that inspires the children to rehearse their maths skills at home, please encourage them to use the site. We celebrate childrens Mathletics achievements during our Friday assembly.
How parents and carers can help?
Every parent and carer can do their bit to help inspire their children to be successful in Maths by:
- Help them practice their times tables. Remember to use the Mathletics website to help you- there are some cracking times table songs and live Mathletics helps with quick mental maths recall- little and often is best!
- Come to Maths workshops to see how your children learns different ways of approaching maths in school, to pick up tips and have some fun.
- Show your child that you like the subject giving them the confidence that they can do it too- especially girls.
- Go shopping with real money (not a credit card) so that children can experience using coins, paying bills and experiencing ‘change’.
- Let children play maths at home- whether it is using litre jugs in the bath for measuring liquids or weighing ingredients in the kitchen- real life practise really helps children to understand how to estimate measures and apply knowledge.
- Play board games like Snakes and Ladders, Monopoly, Pop to the Shops, Top Trumps etc
- Help children to understand how to use bus or train timetables, maps, co-ordinates by playing ‘Battleships’
- Teach children how to tell the time- ask questions: What time is the TV programme they would like to watch? When does it start?....When does it finish?....How long is it on for?