Maths at The Grove
On this page, you will find photos of learning in maths, links to website games for your children, examples of how maths calculation strategies are taught in each year group so you can help your child and more!
Mathematics introduces children to concepts, skills and thinking strategies that are essential in everyday life. It helps children make sense of the world around them. Mathematics offers children a powerful way of communicating and stimulates curiosity, fosters creativity and equips children with the skills they need in life beyond school.
Maths teaching at The Grove is being developed to adopt a Mastery approach. The intention is to provide a classroom environment where all pupils are encouraged to participate and contribute, to take risks, to discover how maths contributes to our economy, society and culture, to work flexibly and to articulate their thinking using precise mathematical language.
We strive for children to leave our school having achieved their very best and they should be able to use spoken language throughout their mathematics work confidently.
By the age of 11 we aim for a child to be able to:
- be fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
- reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
- 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.
At The Grove School we follow The National Curriculum, We aim to develop pupils’ abilities within an integrated programme of number and place value, calculation, fractions, measurement, geometry and statistics, ratio and proportion, algebra with spoken language throughout. Pupils are given opportunities to apply their fluency and reasoning skills across the broad and balanced curriculum.
At The Grove we use White Rose Maths scheme to support our planning but we also use a variety of other resources like materials from NCETM and Babcock Maths No Problem document.
Mastery in Mathematics and 'Diving for Depth'
Once our children are taught a new concept in maths, they will be encouraged to 'master' that area of mathematics, meaning that they really understand what it is about, so that they can explain it to others, show it in different ways and even think about it in different contexts. Below is an example of a Year 5/6 Diving for Depth sheet, where a child has really thoroughly explored the relationship between two numbers.
MAKING MATHS REAL
Throughout the school, children are encouraged to enjoy maths and make it real, applying mathematical skills to real life and real situations. Have a look at some examples below:
Fractions Video Making in Year 3
The children and staff had an amazing amount of fun exploring fractions whilst creating this video! Now they are fractions kings and queens!
Fundraising for Residential in Year 6
Children take charge in raising money, making piggy banks and organising various events to raise lots of money; through this they are learning the real value of money and what it can buy, whilst keeping track of that ever-increasing total!
Fun Maths Games for Learning Times Tables
Try out the links below at home with your child to help them learn and practise their times tables. Each child from Year 2 upwards has a login for Times Tables Rockstars.
Calculation Policy and Times Tables Language
Here you will find our calculation policy. We encourage parents to use this document so that they are able to see how children are taught different calculation strategies in each year group and work with their child on these methods.
Lower down the school, when children are learning their times tables, we use certain language around learning these. You will also find an example of this below.
As part of Beech Tree Classes Super heroes topic the children have been making their own tower blocks for their role play area using their knowledge of 2d and 3d shapes.