Maths of the Day
We have recently invested in a programme called Maths of the Day, which uses physical activity as a vehicle to raise attitudes and attainment in maths.
Maths of the Day lessons incorporate physical activities to introduce, support and consolidate learning in Mathematics.
Children at Eaton Bray Academy are now taking part in active maths lessons at least once a week in the classroom, school hall or outside, in addition to their usual daily maths lessons
Mathematics at Eaton Bray Academy is fun and interactive, while at the same time challenging, giving children new knowledge, alongside the understanding and skills to move their learning forward.
Maths lessons are taught daily and the content within each year group is in line with the new National Curriculum 2014. Each year group will cover all areas of the subject as set out in the NC2014 document. Please see the Long Term Plan to see what your child will be learning in Years 1 to 6.
As the Reception class is part of the Foundation Stage of the National Curriculum, we relate the Mathematical aspects of the children’s work to the objectives set out in the Early Learning Goals, which underpin the curriculum planning for children in the Foundation Stage.
Mathematical reasoning and problem solving are given prominence within the National Curriculum, and all children are given plenty of opportunities to develop these skills throughout the school. We also recognize the importance of mathematical fluency and a progression towards efficient written calculations is developed within each year group, in line with the school calculation policy. Pupils are taught mental arithmetic skills throughout the school and children are expected to know their times tables up to 12 x 12 for rapid recall by the end of Year 4.
A range of teaching styles are used within lessons, according to the children’s needs so that everyone is able to access the National Curriculum. These are constantly reviewed and adapted to the needs of the class. We endorse a Concrete Pictorial Abstract approach, in order to ensure that the children fully understand and embed the concepts being taught. Each class has a range of concrete resources available for the children to use to support their learning.
Teaching is supported by a variety of published schemes and practical materials.
We have now signed up to TT Rock Stars. The website allows the children to practice their times tables through a competitive element. When you log on you can select different areas known as arenas to complete a range of times table tests. As the teacher, we can set the times tables which we want the children to be able to access. Your child should be using the Times Table Rock Stars log in on a regular basis as part of their school homework. If your child does not have access to a device to use the log in, then time can be allocated during a break or lunchtime.
What is Times Table Rock Stars?
Times Tables Rock Stars is a carefully sequenced programme of daily times tables practice. Each week concentrates on a different times table, with a recommended consolidation week for rehearsing the tables that have recently been practiced every third week or so.
What are its aims?
The programme has one aim - to boost times table recall speeds.
What are the benefits of Times Table Rock Stars?
Incorrect answers are always immediately corrected in front of the pupil so that they start to associate the correct answer to every question.
The clever code behind the scenes works out which times table facts each pupil is consistently taking longer to answer and then it gradually starts to present these facts more frequently until pupils have mastered them.
It will also ask related division questions 20% of the time in order to reinforce division facts.
We expect that children access Times Table Rock Stars at least once a week to practice the times tables set by the teacher that week. However, the more children play, the more coins they can earn, the more they get to spend upgrading their Rock Status.
The Times Table Rock Stars app is available to download on iTunes and android.
Follow the link below to the website:
Please note, if your child has lost their username or log in please see their class teacher who can record it for you.