We have developed a range of well-planned opportunities for children to engage in
different kinds of Mathematical teaching at Grendon.
We engage in high-quality teaching of discrete Mathematics and cross-curricular Mathematics, where objectives are selected at the appropriate level and link strongly to investigations. It is also important that children are having the opportunity to deepen their Mathematical thinking and understanding.
Timings of Mathematics lessons
Mathematics is taught daily for 1 hour.
In Key Stage 1 there is an additional 20 minutes each week for learning maths facts
(We Can Challenges – Year 2)
In Key Stage 2 there is an additional 20 minutes allocated each week for children to
learn, know, recall, use and apply multiplication and division facts (We Can Challenges).
What is a We Can Challenge?
We Can challenges are designed to test the children's understanding of multiplication and division facts. In recent years the children have been completing Maths Club Tests
e.g. Club 44 or Club 99 tests. Children who are working within Years 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 will complete the new We Can Challenges.
Why are the children completing a We Can Challenge?
The National Curriculum states that by the end of Year 4 children should know their
multiplication facts and associated division facts. Knowing multiplication tables and being able to recall them quickly, enables the learner to answer questions confidently and problem solve to a higher standard.
Changes to the testing of Year 4 children within Mathematics
In Summer 2019 the Government will be piloting a new test for the children working within Year 4. This test will become statutory in 2020 and is linked to the children knowing their multiplication and division facts. The test is called the Multiplication Tables Check (MTC).
By using the We Can Challenges and related teaching and learning children will become
familiar with the tests and have an understanding of how to answer the questions
quickly and efficiently.
How we support the children within school with the We Can Challenges
Each class has time dedicated to learning and completing We Can Challenges within
their class timetable. Children have the opportunity to work independently, within groups and with the class teacher to learn the multiplication and division facts. Children will also use websites and software designed to increase the speed at which they are able to answer mathematical questions.
Useful websites to support your child at home
Click HERE for lots of sites!