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Maths at Manor Field

At Manor Field Junior School, we believe that our children learn best when Maths is taught through a practical approach with real-life scenarios, where learning opportunities are carefully planned to meet the needs of our pupils, so that they are motivated by – and engaged in – their learning.

 Our aim is for children at Manor Field to:

  • Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics so that they develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately;
  • Solve problems by applying their mathematical skills to a variety of problems, including unfamiliar contexts  and real-life scenarios;
  • Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry develop justification or proof using mathematical language.

Supporting your child at home

Use everyday objects at home to make counting fun! For example, count through the pages of a catalogue, counting pennies etc. Use till receipts, or when shopping, look at money. Use the language of fractions when cooking, e.g. when dividing pizza, pies, cakes or when sharing food such as grapes.

For less confident children:

Counting objects in 1s up to 50. Counting backwards from 50. Can you find items that are less than £1? How many can I buy for…? Counting 1p and 2p coins. Finding half of things such as pizza or bunch of grapes.

Simple board games like Snakes and ladders. Card games that rely on matching, such as Uno. Make a card game, for example with a multiplication table on one card, answer on another and match them up, as in snap or matching pairs.

Understanding daily routines using o’clock and half past. Direct comparisons of weight, e.g. this is heavier/ lighter than this.

For confident children:

Counting in 2, 5, and 10s. Rounding up and down, e.g. £2.99 is £3 to the nearest pound. Finding different ways to make amounts using specific coins. Finding the most efficient way to make an amount- the least number of coins. Finding ½, ¼ of things and starting to understand some equivalence, e.g. 2/4 is the same as ½.

Play card games that rely on consecutive numbers and adding to a specific number, such as Pontoon.

Understanding daily routines using ¼ past, ¼ to as well as minutes past and minutes to. Using scales when cooking.

For more confident children:

Counting in 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 100s. Count beginning at different numbers, e.g. in 2s from 139. Estimate and check answers using rounding. How many can I buy with…? Giving change. Finding 1/5, 1/6, ¾ and sharing objects.

Play card games that involve probability and adding more than two numbers, such as Twist. Playing darts and snooker are a good way to help children get faster at mental maths.

Working out durations. For example, using a TV guide to work out how long a programme is on for. Using scales when the weights are between marked points.

Calculation Operations:

To view the videos and read the 'Calculation Progression Documents' click on the following links:

How to support my child with addition

How to support my child with subtraction

How to support my child with multiplication

How to support my child with division