Maths at Hetton Lyons Primary School
At Hetton Lyons Primary School we have high expectations for every child. Teaching for mastery in Maths is essentially the expectation that all pupils will gain a deep understanding of the maths they are learning. From Reception onwards, children are taught to use a range of resources and pictorial representations to support their understanding of concepts and methods.
As part of the mastery approach, we follow the Inspire Maths programme in Years 1 to 5 and White Rose Hub materials in Y6.
One easy way you can support your child’s maths learning is to get them to help with the maths you do in everyday tasks.
- involve them in weighing out ingredients in the kitchen
- ask them to help add up the shopping bill
- see if they can work out how long it is until the next bus arrives
- read a TV magazine and work out how long a programme is on for, or how long between their favourite programmes
These simple tasks help the children see the everyday application of maths. Using fun games, songs and activities with children will also really help with learning together.
Another way to help your child would be to support them with their times tables. Times tables are an integral part of maths and therefore it is vitally important that children have a grasp of their tables up to 12 x 12 by the end of Y4. With this in mind, we are promoting the use of an online programme called Times Table Rockstar, which the children in KS2 have a personalised login for. As part of the programme, children battle other children, classes and even the teachers to see who is the ultimate times table rockstar champion.
Useful Maths Websites for parents and children
Children learn best when they practice a new skill in lots of different exciting ways, both in school and at home. For this reason, the staff and children at Hetton Lyons have put together a list of ‘useful’ websites that help with learning in maths. The websites include lots of resources and games which help children practice their maths skills.
Times Tables Rockstars
I See Maths - Visual Games
Early Years Experience (Aimed at Early Years and has lots of ideas for games you can play at home to help develop maths with your child)
EYFS BBC (Aimed at Early Years)
Top marks (Suitable for Early Years, Key Stage 1 and 2 and has lots of links to other websites)
Crickweb Early-Years.html (Suitable for EYFs, Key Stage 1 and 2 children)
Woodlands Maths Zone (Created by a school in Kent and contains hundreds of interactive maths games aimed at key Stage 1 and 2)
ICT games (Aimed at both Key Stage 1 and 2)
KS1 Bitesize (Aimed at children in Key Stage 1)
Starship (Aimed at Key Stage 1)
Digger and the Gang (Aimed at Key Stage 1 and 2 children)
KS2 Bitesize (Aimed at Key Stage 2 children)
Primary Resources (Aimed at Key Stage 2 children)
The School Run