At St. Joseph’s we believe that maths isn’t something that should solely be taught but that it needs to be learnt. There is a fundamental difference when children are told something as to when they find it out themselves – something that is only too obvious in every day life – they actually take notice when they discover something themselves! Maths is certainly no exception; children must investigate, observe and, importantly, make mistakes if they are to understand this subject.
Please read our overview of Maths at St Joseph’s here: Maths Annual Overview at St Joseph’s
We feel that it is essential maths is seen as an achievable and exciting subject and are constantly trying to avoid the dreaded maths wall! The ‘maths wall’ is something many of you will have faced at some point in your life – ever uttered the words…’I just can’t do maths’ or ‘I’m not a maths person’? The truth is maths is a multi-layered subject in the same way English or History are. You would not expect someone to need to know and understand every historical era to be good at history, in the same way children might find some parts of maths more difficult but it is essential they do not see this as a judgement of their overall mathematical ability.
Practical, interactive and real-life maths help us to instil a love for the subject in all children at the school. We are determined to move away from the idea that maths is a ‘question and answer’ lesson and instead strive to reproduce authentic situations where children can use their mathematical knowledge for a purpose.
We aim to equip every child with the skills, confidence and enthusiasm for number to fully achieve their potential in life.
For more information on the New National Curriculum and how parents can help their children in their learning, visit http://www.theschoolrun.com/maths which sets out the new objectives for each year group as well as suggesting activities for parents to undertake with their children to support their maths leaning at home.
Curriculum Enrichment Week – our ‘Wow’ Week
During ‘Wow’ Week the children attempted to set their own class record: who could hop on one foot for the longest? They collected together the times and drew graphs/pie charts to show their results. Charlie hopped the longest with a time of 4 minutes, 29 seconds. Please see a selection of their work below:
Able Mathematicians at Mudeford Juniors
This week some of our younger able mathematicians visited Mudeford Juniors to take part in a Christchurch schools Maths event with six other schools. Finley, Hollie and James had a fun morning solving problems in a timed number chase (they came joint 1st!); found highest and lowest scores with dice; worked out tricky triangle problems; played with Tantrix and pentominoes; and other mathematical and number activities, all of which had rules which they had to follow. Our children certainly rose to the challenges set and were very competitive. Finley commented: ‘It was fun working as a team and learning that maths can be used in lots of different ways to solve problems. We had a great time.’
Superhero Maths during our Curriculum Week
In early March we were provided with a challenge during a curriculum enrichment week. Throughout the week each class based their learning around the theme of superheroes and we carried out some maths based on hiring a superhero(es) to pay off the Joker’s ransom. The Year 6 children enjoyed their superhero maths!