At Langdon Academy we believe that we are all mathematicians. We draw upon relevant and efficient mental, written calculations and informal recordings (jottings) to help us with solving problems and investigations as well as talking about maths and explaining our thinking.
Our children become mathematicians by building on a sound conceptual knowledge of place value, children develop fluent recall of number bonds in Key Stage 1 and rapid recall of times tables up to 12 (by the end of year 4). Children apply this knowledge to create related multiplication and division facts. Our children leave the primary phase as resilient problem solvers and the ability to explain their reasoning.
Use of the bar model and focus on the use of varied representations helps to embed depth in conceptual understanding as well as procedural fluency. Our learning-teaching approach is step-by-step and spirals upwards towards ‘mastery’ where the focus is on creating as many relationships and links between skills and concepts – promoting greater depth of understanding.
Maths - No Problem!
This year, we have made some important changes to the way in which we teach maths. We are using Maths No Problem, which is a scheme of work based on the highly successful Singaporean approach to mathematics. This scheme is meets the expectations of the 2014 National Curriculum and it addresses the higher level of mathematics now expected in each year.
This approach is geared towards ensuring children gain mastery in maths and develop good number sense. Children will spend more time, exploring each topic, reinforcing it with ample practice, before moving onto the next one. All ideas are built on top of previous knowledge and children are given multiple opportunities to develop relationships between topics.
Below are links to parent videos that can provide further information on Maths No Problem.