Maths in the classroom
At Shirley we believe children should be introduced to mathematical calculations through practical, oral and mental activites throughout their school life. Over time children learn how to use models and images such as number lines, place value grids, 100 squares and diennes and units to support mental and written calculation.
During their time at school, children will carry out lots of speaking and listening activities to help learn and reinforce mathematical vocabulary. Teachers use strategies such as Talk Partners and encourage a classroom culture of questioning and reasoning in which pupils learn through shared discussions with teacher, teaching assistants and peers.
Interventions in school
  • Talking Maths: focuses on understanding the language of maths.
  • Gap pack: short and regular intervention focusing on closing specific gaps the child may have.
  • Numbers count: aimed at KS1 and Lower KS2 children focusing on basic number and shape in fun and interactive ways.
  • 5 minute box for numbers: aimed at KS1 focusing on number recognistion and ordering.
  • Blue Book: A resource being used in school to help children rectify any misconceptions quickly and effectively. 
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Helping your child at home
You can help your child in maths in various ways:
  • Counting with them regularly helps them to recall multiplication facts quickly as they progress throuh the times tables. Children should be counting from a very early age - even if it's counting the number of carrots that go into a shopping bag! It is important to count forwards and backwards. Focusing on numbers on the front of houses puts counting into a real-life context for them! It’s also a good strategy to use for identifying odd and even numbers.
  • Recalling shapes in the home can help children internalise vocabulary for 2D and 3D shapes much more quickly – you’d be surprised how many regular shapes can be identified in one room.
  • If you are cooking, then do ask your child to help you with part of it such as reading scales. Weighing and measuring is a key aspect of maths which is linked to everyday life.
  • Children have specific maths targets which are changed termly and shared at parent consultations. Do encourage your child to practice their target at home so that they can soon share their achievement with the class and move onto the next target!