Welcome to the Maths page.
Maths at Sandylands is led by Mr Goulds. He has an extensive background in the development of Primary Maths. Having been Maths subject lead in two previous schools, he is guiding us on our journey to becoming a Mastery school. Mr Goulds also has a background in staff development and has created and worked within networks of schools to develop staff in the most effective ways of delivering and assessing Maths in our school. He draws upon his experience, knowledge and his external study of a Masters in Primary Maths Specialist Practice to bring about a high standard of Maths teaching across our school, from Nursery up to Year 6.
‘I want to ensure that all children have an enjoyable experience of Maths across our school, to prepare them for later life.’
Our Maths curriculum …
Deliver maths in a ‘child focussed’ way using a well-planned, sequenced structure that uses the core principles of the MNP mastery approach to cover National Curriculum objectives.
Represent mathematical concepts and problems when teaching them using a variety of concrete, pictorial and abstract representations, using real-life examples frequently.
Have a strong focus on building arithmetic, known facts and number skills in children through direct teaching and guided practice.
Use working walls effectively to support children’s retention of learning through constantly re-visiting what they have learnt.
To teach and model the use of mathematical vocabulary and show its importance in children’s daily lives.
To offer children the chance to be inspired to follow Maths-based career pathways through enhanced enrichment opportunities.
Use explorative and investigative teaching methods to ensure children develop a strong mathematical curiosity and are equipped with valuable strategies to solve problems using inductive and deductive reasoning.
Use a cross-curricular approach to the teaching of mathematics, such as looking at comparisons between coastal towns in Upper Key Stage Two, as well as using digital measuring tools to measure distance and landmass in Geography.
To draw on the skills of the local community to allow children the opportunity to analyse and solve problems in a real-world context.
Appreciate the local, national and global dimensions of mathematics and teach about its cultural and historical importance.
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Maths Learning Pathway
Concrete Resources – using a variety of equipment to represent our Maths and using it to solve problems.
Representations – using drawings, figures and images to help us to understand the Maths in front of us and using it to support out learning.
Key knowledge: Knowing and recalling key facts, such as number bonds to 10, 20 and 100.
Recall: Knowing and recalling times tables fluently.
Mathematics is taught for around 45 to 60 minutes every day. Each class will have a separate 10–15-minute arithmetic session each day. From Year 2 upwards, children will begin to master their times tables with a 5–10-minute session each day.
Assessment in Maths happens in a variety of ways. This may be from simply answering a question or using some equipment to solve an equation, to answering complex problems and tasks towards the end of a lesson using our Sandylands checkpoints. Each block of learning will see children complete a ‘Review’ task (Checkpoint 3) and a formal assessment will take place from Year 2 onwards around once per term (Checkpoint 4).
CPD for teachers
Our staff are continually learning too! Mr Goulds runs training sessions with all staff including teaching assistants as well as with individual year groups. We also draw on external colleagues from a variety of different organisations, who offer valuable support and insight into our teaching of Maths – the Sandylands way.
Multiplication Tables Check
Dear Parents/Guardians, In June of this year, our Year 4 children will undertake the Multiplication Tables Check. This is to assess how confident and competent they are at their times tables. The children are always practising their times tables, and we teach them...
Pumpkins and Spiders!
This week we have counted insects, printed spider paintings, made cups of tea with spider juice and explored the inside of a pumpkin. We have been talking, sharing and having fun!
Reading With Rabbit and Maths Counting Fun!
Here are some of the things we have been learning over the last few weeks. The children have been reading a favourite book to 'Reading Rabbit' and talking about the characters. We have been using our phonic skills to blend words and then used the magnets and boards to...
Maths week 2022
All year groups enjoyed a full week of Maths activities this week from Maths escape rooms to shape challenges - it got everyone thinking!
TT Rockstars … class challenge
During our Maths week, there was an exciting TT Rockstars class to class Maths challenge. Year 5 got to battle it out against each other whilst practising their times tables at the same time - it was all very tense in the hall.
Mastery Maths with Tim Kirk … teachers learn too!
Staff have been working alongside the Lancashire Maths team and Tim Kirk to work on Maths planning, teaching arithmetic and using apparatus effectively in lessons. A recent Maths walk through had pleasing results with Tim expressing how the teaching of Arithmetic in...
It was Number Day recently and we had a great day exploring numbers at school. Firstly, we looked at some data handling and create a human graph in class to show how many children were in groups of shoe sizes. We then completed a carousel of outdoor activities...
Number day 2022
The children have had a great time bringing Maths to life during Number day today. They have been battling it out with their times tables during a class to class competition as well as creating human graphs and pictograms. Team theme also got involved creating...
Last Updated on December 13, 2022