At Moon Hall we aim to make maths learning practical and fun. We relate it to real life situations and topics wherever possible. We aim to help our pupils become fluent in number work as an essential life skill.
Our small teaching groups enable us to focus on each child and give them the environment necessary to build on their strengths and to fill the gaps in their knowledge, ensuring that teaching leads to a positive outcome where all pupils’ learning reflects their potential and beyond.
We understand that many of our pupils need much overlearning of basic facts and procedures to build competency and recall and we adapt the National Curriculum accordingly to allow them to revisit and consolidate topics at regular intervals.
We recognise that literacy problems and poor organisational skills often necessitate different approaches. We follow a concrete, pictorial, abstract approach to teaching maths whereby practical resources are used to introduce each topic.
To make the difference concrete aids and practical strategies provide multi-sensory and kinaesthetic opportunities to develop sequencing skills and recall of maths facts and times tables. Maths language and symbols often create confusion and need specific instruction as do problem solving techniques. Resources include counters, number lines and number squares, bead strings, Base 10 and Unifix blocks and the use of ICT.
Children begin each school year learning about place value. They then develop this knowledge to apply it to the 4 operations, developing more formality in the method of recording these calculations as they progress through the school.
Children also learn about fractions and relate this knowledge to decimals and then to percentages.
Children learn about measures, including standard metric and some imperial units of measurement. Wherever possible, we teach within practical situations using real objects.
Children also learn about shapes and their properties.
Children learn about statistics and the different ways that we can represent and organise data. Children learn to gather statistics and to solve problems using graphs, pie charts and other visual representations.
The secret to success is practising little and often. Work at home to support pupils in improving basic skills in mathematics is essential. Can you practise instant recall facts during a car journey? Facts like number bonds to 10 or 100, doubles and halves, times tables facts, telling the time or metric conversions… you don’t need to practise them all at once! If you would like more ideas, please speak to your child’s teacher.
The following websites provide a fun way to reinforce any skills learnt: