Maths at Meadows First School
Children at Meadows First School love maths! We place great emphasis on learning through games, problems and practical tasks coupled with an uncompromising goal of learning and memorising key facts such as times tables as soon as possible and using high quality concrete resources throughout the school. This approach creates real mathematicians and develops pupils problem solving, reasoning and procedual fluency.
Our approach is fully described in the link below.
At Meadows First School, we believe pupils must not simply rote learn procedures but demonstrate their understanding of these procedures through the use of concrete materials and pictorial representations.Our calculation policy outlines the different calculation strategies that should be taught and used in Years 1-4, in line with the requirements of the 2014 Primary National Curriculum. The expectation of using formal methods is rightly coupled with the explicit requirement for pupils to use concrete materials and create pictorial representations and this is featured throughout our policy.
Helping your child at Home
Below is a link to for guidance and information on helping your child learn their timestables.
We have made four short videos for parents to explain how we teach the 4 core formal operations in mathematics. In particular we want parents to understand the expanded methods we use along the journey to the formal 'compact' method.
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Every child at Meadows has a login so they can access their own account. In KS1 the login is in the Reading Record book, in KS2, you will find your child's login at the back of their planner.
Use the url www.networcs.net to access the Worcestershire Learning Gateway, enter the child's user name and click 'Log in'. The pictures for the password will appear. Links to Education City and other fun sites can be found here.
If your child has lost their login please feel free to come and speak to their class teacher.
Magical Maths is an afterschool maths club for children in Years 3 and 4 . Magical Maths sessions are quite the spectacle; we’ve had a genius professor, world class detectives, mind reading magicians and eccentric athletes, all dedicated to making maths fun Meadows First School.
A Magical Session
This week, the children did the Mathemagician Training Booklet. Here's what it looked like...
This booklet will train them how to perform some of the Mathemagian's maths tricks. It features some timeless classics such as 'Think of a Number' and the 'Answer out of a Hat Card Trick', and also our personal favourite 'Think of an Animal'.
Repetition, along with a bit of showmanship, are what the mathemagician prescribes for making these tricks super slick.
The second activity this week features some super fun 'maths showdowns' in our Maths WHIZZards game (based on a scene from a famous film about young whizzards!).
Children had to test their speed of calculations in this game.
We use different questions depending on age group, but fractions was the focus of the questions.
A game featuring two 12-sided dice, and three 6-sided dice. The children get split into teams, and each team rolls their 12-sided dice to create their 'target'. Using the number they then roll from the 6-sided dice, children can use add, subtract, multiply, divide and even powers (for the older children) to equal their target. There's an opportunity for strategic thinking here, and problem solving - which is fantastic!
This week everything was sports related as we took our maths adventures to a whole new level! Our Olympic Mathletes came dressed in their sports gear...these guys are so sporty they make Jess Ennis and Mo Farah look like a pair of pensioners who brought stilettos instead of trainers to a work-out!
Here's what the children did:
After hearing "parachute games", the children were very relieved to find out they weren't going to be jumping out of a plane this week. (Our 'Magical Maths Plane' is currently undergoing repairs...maybe next time!) Rather, they'd be holding an edge of our giant parachute and answering maths related questions.
We have many activities that we play with this. The first is numbering the children with certain numbers (these can be small if we want an easier game, or larger for a harder game). We then ask the group questions, and if your number is the answer you must run under the parachute to the other side!
We then add in large foamy dice to make things more interesting, and play a 'number patterns' game where we number the children in a pattern, they close their eyes while one child goes under the parachute, and when they open them they decide as a group which number is missing.
We have quite a variety of activities to make sure they are appropriate for each year group.
Mind Boggling Puzzles Booklet
This week, the Key Stage twos did a puzzles booklet. There is a VERY good reason why we call these mind boggling puzzles. They're capable of boggling even the most capable of minds. Luckily we made sure all Key Stage twos could do them before leaving, hopefully they've boggled you with them (sorry about that). Here's the booklet, as always let us know if you'd like us to get another one of these to you...
An all-time Magical Maths favourite...our second activity this week was number chaos. We loooooooove this game.
It features two teams who each have to hold a double sided, numbered card. Our activity leader shouts out a sum, and the team have to race to lay their cards out on the floor with the correct answer.
It's tough, it's tense but most of all it's mega fun. It's also perfect for adding in the harder questions to stretch and challenge Key Stage twos, whilst also working really well for Key Stage ones as well.
We really enjoyed number chaos this time round!
We ended the week with some puzzle sheets. These sheets are specially designed to match the curriculum (as are all of our activities), and to make children think and expand their mathematical abilities. They still follow the theme of fun, but will definitely challenge them and teach them something new.
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