Maths

At Ellwood School we aim to develop lively, enquiring minds encouraging pupils to become self-motivated, confident and capable in order to solve problems that will become an integral part of their future. 

Children will be taught skills using a range of strategies and methods to enable them to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics.

They will be given the opportunity to solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions. These problems will be set in a range of contexts and linked to learning in other areas of the curriculum, where possible.

They will also learn to reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language

Year 1 have been busy learning how to count in 2s, 5s and 10s and being able to write repeated addition calculations. The children have been making arrays and have started learning simple division and fractions. We have being sharing objects and discussing numbers that can be shared and numbers that can't.
Maths Week 
 
This week the children took part in a range of activities. Years 3 to 6 took part in a Times Tables Rockstars competition - congratulations to all those who took part and especially the highest scorers.

Oak class had fun doing lots of practical maths activities. They went into the garden to explore the composition of numbers to three and also played games linked to subitising. 

 
Money Sense workshops 
This week we have had visits from volunteers of NatWest bank who have delivered a range of workshops aimed to give children a better understanding of how to look after their money. The children had fun solving a fraud investigation, planning a party and learning about how to use money.
GLOW Maths
 
This year, we are taking part in an initiative to improve mastering of number with GLOW maths. The children in Year 1 have been introduced to sentence stems to help them explain their reasoning when solving problems.
 
 
Times Tables
Learning multiplication tables and the related division facts is an important part of the Maths Curriculum and we have a range of challenges to help encourage the children to learn and recall these facts quickly and accurately. It is particularly important for the children to ensure that they have learnt all of their times tables by the end of year 4, when they will sit a national test.
 
Numeracy Passports
This year we are continuing to use Numeracy Passports, which we hope will help to improve the memorisation and fluency of mathematical key skills. The passports contain lists of basic facts and fundamental skills that need to be secure in order for the children to progress through the yearly objectives of the Maths curriculum.

Children in Oak class, and some children in Chestnut class, will work on facts in a red My First Number Passport. The remainder of the children in Chestnut will work on a blue Numeracy Passport. The facts/skills are grouped under the seven continents – these are not specifically linked to year groups but generally speaking those children starting in Year 1 will move through the continents yearly. 

The passports are designed to be sent home so that parents/carers can see which facts/skills children are practising, and we would welcome your help as we set off on this challenge.  

No Pens Day
On No Pens day the children had the opportunity to learn maths and practise number skills without writing. Maths games are always popular with the children. Year 2 explored different ways to partition 100, using base 10 equipment.