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

Maths Week 2020
This week the children took part in a range of activities. Year 3 built a tetratreedron and year 4 completed problem solving challenges and code breaking activities. Year 1 investigated the number of toes they could see and problem solving involving toys and years 5 and 6 participated in a fun zoom session, carrying out a range of activities. The photographs show what fun they had.

The whole school took part in a Rock Stars times tables competition - well done to all of those that participated in the challenge.

Oak class had fun in and around school playing number board games, using number activity mats and hunting for numbers in the garden.

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.
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 will continue with 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.  

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.