Mathematics

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. 

SMMA Primary Calculation Policy - Addition and Subtraction

SMMA Primary Calculation Policy - Multiplication and Division

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?

You can find out more about assessment at SMMA Primary in our Assessment statement available here.

What else can we do to support at home?

To support pupils to continue to make progress at home, SMMA Primary have subscribed to Sumdog.  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/

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