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‘Mathematics in not about numbers, equations, computations, or algorithms: it is about understanding.’ William Paul Thurston

 

Our aim:

At Broughton Community Schools we intend to create confident, independent mathematicians who are able to apply their learning in different situations and find ways of using this knowledge to solve problems. Maths teaching at Broughton is enjoyable and interactive, with practical resources to help children build their skills and understanding over time. Our values-based approach aims to give them solid foundations, the curiosity to take their mathematical learning further and the resilience to embrace future mathematical challenges.

 

Children at Broughton Community Schools will:

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils have conceptual understanding and are able to recall and apply their knowledge rapidly and accurately to problems
  • learn to solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions

Making Maths at home fun!

 

Here are lots of ways you can make Maths activities fun and varied at home:

  • Make it hands-on - if working on measures why not use the weighing scales to do some baking? Spot numbers, clocks, timetables and shapes when you’re out and about so children know why we teach them Maths.
  • Play games – there are lots of printable and digital games out there but games like snakes and ladders and Top Trumps are just as valuable.
  • Implement engaging routines – sometimes repetition isn’t a bad thing! Children love routine and practising something little and often is usually much more beneficial, especially when it comes to thing like number facts.
  • Let your child take on the role of the teacher and see what they can teach you.
  • Use concrete objects - contrary to popular belief Maths manipulatives are not only for younger children. They are beneficial for everyone! If you don’t have Maths materials such as counters at home why not use dried pasta or Lego pieces?
  • Go outside – the possibilities are endless! Why not practise writing number sentences on the patio with chalk or a paintbrush and some water? You could even look at road signs and convert miles to kilometres.
  • Link Maths to your child’s interests – for example, if there were 5 teams of 11 football players, how many players would there be altogether?
  • Use food - have fun adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing, measuring and creating graphs of your children’s favourite foods.
  • Sing songs – it’s very common for children to find remembering number facts difficult. Often songs can help with this and there are lots available on the internet. Here are a few examples:

 

 

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