Mathematics is a core subject of the National Curriculum. It is given a high priority at Fielding Primary School. It is a tool for everyday life. It teaches children to make sense of the world around them through developing their ability to calculate, to reason and to solve problems.
At Fielding children develop the skills, confidence and competence with numbers and measures. They cultivate an understanding of the number system, a range of computational skills and the ability to solve number problems in a variety of contexts. Mathematics also demands practical understanding of measurement and graphs, diagrams, charts and tables. At the heart of our Mathematics is the ability to calculate mentally.
Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly are challenged with rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content. Those who are not sufficiently fluent with basic skills are given opportunities to consolidate their understanding before moving on.
To help enable us deliver the best teaching possible we are currently transitioning across to the New Primary National Curriculum for Mathematics (2014).
‘Mathematics is not only a language and a subject in itself, but it is also critical in fostering logical and rigorous thinking’ – Carol Vorderman, A world-class mathematics education for all our young people (Aug. 2011)
Each year group covers a number of objectives in each domain over the course of the school year. The link below shows an overview of each domain covered in each year group to help give you an idea of how to help support your child at home.
**Please note that sometimes this overview will change slightly to ensure pupils access all areas of the curriculum and are confident and secure in their key skills. Please use Year Group Notice boards to double check domains being covered in each year group.**
Purpose: The times tables challenge has been designed to support the development of rapid recall of multiplication facts and the corresponding division facts for all pupils across KS1 and KS2.
The challenge consists of 21 stages. These work progressively through multiplication facts and derived division facts, with a test at each stage to test speed and accuracy. Each stage has a tracking sheet (practise sheet) which will be taken home with home learning each week and practised. Each child will be tested once a week, on the stage they have been working on at home, in a timed test of two minutes. If the test is completed accurately, the child will automatically move onto the next level, taking home the tracking sheet for that level and practising at home as part of home learning. If the test is not completed accurately, or finished within the time limit, the child will remain on the same stage as the previous week and continue to practise at home – re-doing the timed test the following week. All children will have the stage they are working on recorded on a class record chart and will help the class teacher, and the child, track progress through the levels.
Below is a quick-reference flow chart:
Times Tables Challenge - Tracking sheets
Below is a quick-reference guide for the tracking sheets. It shows you which stage of the challenge corresponds with which multiplication facts.
Use the link below to help support your child at home, using the calculation strategies and language used in school. The link will lead you to a page of videos, linked to the many different domains we cover, and will enable you to see how your child has learned to calculate answers and solve problems.
The link will take you to a log in page - your child's school username and password (username will end in .307) will allow you to log in successfully.
Times Tables Skills Practise
An intensive programme for children not yet secure with multiplication facts up to 12 x 12. Use the guide and support in this document (designed and created by our very own Miss O'Brien!) to help pupils with times tables skills and knowledge.