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

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.
 
Numeracy Passports
This year we have also introduced 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 receive a red My First Number Passport. The remainder of the children will receive 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. For the older children, they may be able to move quickly through the earlier stages as they should have secured these number facts already. With core number facts, children should show instant recall; they should not be working out times tables facts or bonds to 20 for example.

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.