Which curriculum does SMMA Primary follow for mathematics?
At SMMA Primary, we follow the National Curriculum for mathematics. Our curriculum maps for each year group show the progression of knowledge throughout their time at SMMA and be seen at the bottom of this page.
How do you teach calculation?
We understand that parents and families may want additional information about the particular way in which we teach parts of the mathematics curriculum and so have produced calculation policies which cover the four operations at each different year group and the progression through the methods.
Slides from our Key Stage One Maths calculation parent workshop are available here
What about mental maths?
We are really keen to build up automatic recall of key maths facts. Knowing certain facts off by heart without having to think allows children the freedom to problem solve. In our curriculum, we have embedded these Key Instant Recall Facts (KIRFs) into each half term of each year group from Year 1 to Year 6. These build on one another and link to the expectations of each year group. We send these home each half term, so that families can support by practicing them but you can also access them here.
How do you assess pupils in the curriculum?
Teachers use a variety of assessment strategies to best assess what your child knows and what they need to do next. Each year group works towards Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and while these do not make up the entire curriculum, they do focus on what we believe are the key building blocks for future year groups. These are reported on in the end of year report and are also available in your child's maths books which can be seen at Parent's Evening or by request.
What else can we do to support at home?
To support pupils to continue to make progress at home, SMMA Primary have subscribed to two different maths based apps.
In either paper form or online, Times Tables Rock Stars is a carefully sequenced programme of daily times tables practice. Each week concentrates on a different times table, with a recommended consolidation week for rehearsing the tables that have recently been practised every third week or so.
This format has very successfully boosted times tables recall speed for hundreds of thousands of pupils over the last 8 years in over 14,000 schools - both primary and secondary - worldwide. It is also a lot of fun - with pupils able to choose their own rock name and belonging to their clas band. This is a great way to boost speed and accuracy.
A user guide for parents and carers is available below
Sumdog is an unqiue online learning engine. Each pupil at the school has an individual login. As they play games, they answer maths questions. Through their answers, Sumdog adapts questions personally to each individual, progressing them through the curriculum at their own pace. Questions are drawn from relevant skills, mixing the current learning focus with revision. You can visit their website here: https://www.sumdog.com/