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Maths at Calverley Parkside

Here is a brief overview of maths at Calverley Parkside. It lets you know all about what we are trying to achieve and what all of our maths teaching and learning is based on.

Celebrating maths at home!
There are a variety of ways you can support and promote maths at home and every chance should be taken to celebrate maths in the real world. All maths practice should be based around investigative thinking and questionning and should explore the different concepts focussed on in school. Please see our maths overview for these main areas. There are a range of websites and resources that can support maths at home and we feel basing pratice around games and investigations will allow children to develop a love of maths. As always, please see your class teacher if you require any further help with supporting your child at home.
Our view on maths at home is all about enjoyment and it should be done little and often. Using some of the websites below children can play games, investiagte theories and solve problems all whilst building their understanding of maths. Starting with Place Value is always encouraged in every year group as this is the building block of the Mastery Curriculum. Focussing on addition, subtraction, division and multiplication is encouraged but emphasis must be placed on the reasoning and problem solving side of these. Again, please ask your teacher or our Maths lead, Mr Morgan, about this and how you can help at home.

NRICH - https://nrich.maths.org/ 
NRICH is a brilliant website full of games and investigations from all areas of maths. Simply type in the area of maths you would like to work on in the search bar (positioned at the top right of the page) and it will provide a number of different ability challenges, games and activities for you to try. Some games are interactive, some are questions to inspire but all provide the opportunity to apply problem solving and reasoning skills. This is an amazing website to start any home learning as it really provides fun ways of practicing maths.

White Rose Maths Hub - http://whiterosemathshub.co.uk/
The White Rose Maths Hub provide some brilliant resources and key pieces of information that are all of our current school practice is based around. They promote the use of concrete objects in maths and explain the importance of problem solving and reasoning in all of maths. 

NCETM - https://www.ncetm.org.uk/
The NCETM are really the leading light in the Mastery curriculum that we are striving to achieve. This website provides a huge bank of articles, resources and guidance on the Mastery curriuculum and why it is so important.

Children are also encouraged to use the variety of home learning software we have available to them. A link to the different programs can be found on our homepage.Each program contains a variety of different challenges, games and activities that have been specifically uploaded for them by their class teacher. This could be work based around learning that week and also extra peices of work that may help to deepen their understanding.


At Calverley Parkside we have recently begun using Abacus, an online planning tool for Maths to support our Maths planning, teaching and learning.

Abacus is in line with the 2014 National Curriculum to support us in creating inspired and confident young mathematicians.

Abacus is based on 3 key principles:
  1. Understanding
  2. Progression
  3. Control
Children need to understand the fundamentals of what they’re doing in maths. Abacus is underpinned with a “four pillars” approach throughout to ensure children develop a robust understanding and secure foundation in maths:
  1. Place Value
  2. Number Facts
  3. Models and Images
  4. Doubles and Halves
The Four Pillars are explained further in these videos –

Place value http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPTu8bQZYtg

Number Facts http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SqRTyVViYs8

Models and Images http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2q9n9zEEjg

Doubles and Halves http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Zo6B02VElg

We know that securing progression for all children is crucial, but can be challenging. To ensure every child can move on, Abacus is built on a series of detailed progression ladders. These ladders form the backbone to Abacus. They come with a bank of linked prerequisites that will help you to prevent gaps in children’s understanding.
This is explained further in this video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XaBRILCA5M8
Twenty-five divided by five equals fourteen.

Methods can be misunderstood!

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Maths Non Negotiables.

These are the Maths Non Negotiables for each year group. This document identifies what the children are expected to have achieved by the end of the year.


KIRFs are Key Instant Recall Facts. There is a set of KIRFs for each year group. The aim is for our pupils to quickly derive and calculate the KIRFs for their year group by July.