At Smithdown Primary School we know that a high quality Mathematics education introduces children to concepts, skills and thinking strategies that are essential in everyday life and support learning across the curriculum. We follow a mastery approach to teaching Mathematics from Nursery to Year 6, which promotes fluency, as well as developing reasoning and problem solving skills.

We are working closely with our local NCETM Mathshub to embed the teaching of mastery. All our children have the opportunity to develop mastery through a wide range of learning opportunities. We utilise both independent and collaborative learning. At Smithdown we are also aware of the importance of learning outside the classroom and we are providing more and more opportunities for children to learn this way.

Concrete and pictorial resources are used to help children develop a strong foundation of concrete experience, which then allows them to think in the abstract. As a staff we ensure that all children have access to their age related learning and that the whole curriculum is used to develop and promote Mathematical skill. Cross-curricular work offers a creative way to develop and embed children’s knowledge, skills and understanding, while motivating them to learn through stimulating, interconnected topics and engage their imagination.

At Smithdown we strongly believe in supporting our pupils to become Mathematicians for life. We strive to teach a cohesive mathematical curriculum from EYFS to Year 6 to ensure this.

The following document details more information about the Maths curriculum at Smithdown.

Click here to see our Smithdown Maths Curriculum

We follow the National Curriculum guidance:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/335158/PRIMARY_national_curriculum_-_Mathematics_220714.pdf

Our Whole School Overview (this shows how the programmes of study are taught progressively across the school):

Click here to view our Whole School Overview EYFS – Y6

Smithdown Primary School completed the Liverpool Counts Numeracy for Life Quality Mark in Spring 2018, achieving the GOLD standard. We want everyone in our school community to continue to be involved in promoting the core values of the Liverpool Counts Quality Mark. This year the pupils, in KS2, have received financial education training from MyBnk and Debtaware. We are also part of the Lifesavers Programme and many pupils are now saving for the future on a regular basis.

The quality mark has been developed by Liverpool Learning Partnership, and School Improvement Liverpool, to promote positive attitudes to mathematics and numeracy as an essential life skill.

‘The aim of the Quality mark is to tackle the negative attitudes in society towards numeracy and mathematics. We want to promote a culture where people understand the impact good numeracy skills and mathematics qualifications can have on the social, health and employment aspects of their lives. We also aim to support adults in schools to encourage pupils to make connections in their lessons to real life contexts and with other areas of their school experiences.’

Liverpool Learning Partnership & School Improvement Liverpool 2016

Mike Ellicock, Chief Executive of the National Numeracy Challenge has stressed the importance of challenging anyone who says, ‘I can’t do maths’ with ‘Yes, you can’. Liverpool is launching the challenge city wide and everyone can get involved.

Follow this link to learn more:

http://www.nationalnumeracy.org.uk/challenge-online

Top tips for parents and families:

Be positive about maths. Don’t say things like, “I can’t do maths” or “I hated maths at school.” Your child might start to think like that themselves.

Point out the maths use in everyday life. Include your child in activities involving maths – such as using money, cooking and planning travel.

Praise your child for effort rather than talent – this shows them that by working hard they can always improve.

Useful Websites:

https://www.nationalnumeracy.org.uk/

http://www.familymathstoolkit.org.uk/

Multiplication Tables Support

http://www.multiplication.com/games/all-games

http://www.teachingtables.co.uk/

Homework Activities (You will need your child’s log in details)

https://www.mymaths.co.uk/

Mathematical Challenges

https://nrich.maths.org/primary-lower

https://nrich.maths.org/primary-upper

Games

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/3-5-years/counting

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years/counting

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/ordering-and-sequencing-numbers

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

Financial Education

https://milosmoney.co.uk/

https://www.lifesavers.co.uk/

https://natwest.mymoneysense.com/home

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Mathematics Chatter

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The very Hungry Caterpillar ?

16-05-2024

We are munching our way threw one apple, two pears, three plums, four strawberries and five oranges ?

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Odd and Even Numbers

15-05-2024

In maths this week we are looking at which numbers up to 10 are odd and which are even.

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Money

10-05-2024

We had lots of fun for our first lesson on Money today. We recognised the value of the coins and then made lots of different amounts. The children would love to help with the money when they are next shopping with their families ☺️

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Investigating money

10-05-2024

2GH have been busy using coins to make different amounts today.

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It’s been a busy day using our fine motor skills to thread webs for the spiders and using our subitising skills to count spiders! ?️?️

09-05-2024

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Enjoying the water with spiders and numicon. ?️

07-05-2024

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Shape division

30-04-2024

Year 3 used their factor and shape knowledge to find equal groups of shapes with 24 lollipop sticks. 3 octagons, 8 triangles, 4 hexagons and 6 squares could be made!

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Sorting in Reception Maths

30-04-2024

This week we are developing our composition skills by sorting items by size, colour and shape. If you would like to have a go at this at home we would love to see this. Can you sort out some items by colour or size?

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Exploring division

26-04-2024

We looked at division using concrete and pictorial representations to help our understanding of the concept. We were more confident by the end of our work!

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Composition of Numbers

24-04-2024

In maths this week we are learning about how some numbers can be made up of two equal parts. We are looking at arrangements of numbers to spot and make equal and unequal parts.

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4KM had a great morning learning how to tell the time!!!⏰

04-03-2024

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Favourite Character Pictogram

27-02-2024

We have created a pictogram of our favourite character from Supertato. We counted to see how many children liked Evil Pea and how many more liked Supertato.

 

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Asda

27-02-2024

This morning we have had lots of fun playing in our Asda supermarket. We have been writing shopping lists and paying for our food with money.


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We rounded off our ‘My Bnk’ sessions with talking about money habits and the importance of saving! We even made our very own money bank.

26-02-2024

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Maths parental workshop

21-02-2024

Thank you to our parents who came to our Reception maths parental workshop this week! We look at how to support your children with their shape knowledge at home.

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Repeated Addition in 2GH

07-02-2024

We have started our multiplication journey. We have been busy learning about repeated addition this week.

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Where do we put our money? Peter from MyBnk came to tell us…

05-02-2024
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Year 4 had a great afternoon learning how to manage their money??

05-02-2024

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12-01-2024
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Today has been all about the number 1. We made flapjack using 1 of each ingredient.

16-11-2023

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Comparison in Maths

15-11-2023

This week we are comparing numbers and groups of objects saying which group has more than, fewer than or the same amount of objects. We have been building walls for Humpty Dumpty and saying which wall has more, fewer or the same amount of bricks.

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How do you solve calculations with regrouping?

14-11-2023
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We have been busy learning about Diwali the festival of light. We have moulded dough into Diya lamps. Made marks to create Rangoli patterns and wrote our names in our cards we have decorated.

13-11-2023

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Calculating the mean average and presenting data in a bar chart

19-10-2023

#attendanceweek Calculating the mean average and presenting data in a bar chart. Points to improve: scale adjustment. #smithdownmaths

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Using the attendance percentages of the week?

19-10-2023

4KM celebrated attendance week by creating their own bar graphs using the attendance percentages of the week? #smithdownmath

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4KM were using dienes and counters…

19-10-2023

4KM were using dienes and counters to work out many different ways in which hundreds can make 1000 #smithdownmaths ???

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A lot of the fun came from being able to write all over our tables!

19-10-2023

Year 3 had lots of fun today in maths adding and subtracting ten from a three digit number. A lot of the fun came from being able to write all over our tables! #smithdownmath

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This week we have been busy using flexible partitioning

19-10-2023

This week we have been busy using flexible partitioning #smithdownmaths

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Year 2 – ordering numbers

19-10-2023

Year 2 were hard at work on Friday – ordering numbers #smithdownmaths

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We used a range of different scales on our empty number lines

19-10-2023

We used a range of different scales on our empty number lines. We had to place the numbers where we thought they would go. #smithdownmaths

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Estimating the position of numbers on a number line

19-10-2023

On Friday Year 2 were hard at work estimating the position of numbers on a number line #smithdownmaths

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Partitioning 2 digit numbers in maths today…

19-10-2023

Working hard partitioning 2 digit numbers in maths today #smithdownmaths

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Subtracting in multiples of tens today

19-10-2023

Subtracting multiples of ten in maths #smithdownmaths

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Adding in multiples of tens today

19-10-2023

So proud of these superstars adding in multiples of tens today #smithdownmaths

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In maths this morning we…

19-10-2023

In maths this morning we started to estimate the position of multiples of ten on a number line. #smithdownmaths

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Today in maths we put objects into groups of ten and then counted them.

19-10-2023

Today in maths we put objects into groups of ten and then counted them. We recognised that ten ones made a ten too. #smithdownmaths

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We made arrangements of 4 and ordered numbers to 4

19-10-2023

In last week’s maths we made arrangements of 4 and ordered numbers to 4 #smithdowneyfs #smithdownmaths

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Matching arrangements of objects and pictures to the correct number

19-10-2023

Matching arrangements of objects and pictures to the correct number #smithdowneyfs #smithdownmaths

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Nursery In maths today

18-10-2023

In maths we are making arrangements of 1, 2 and 3 #smithdowneyfs #smithdownmaths

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It’s been a busy afternoon looking at big and small…

18-10-2023

It’s been a busy afternoon looking at big and small. We worked hard sorting acorns. #smithdowneyfs #smithdownmaths @MasterTheCurric

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