Maths at South Petherwin School

At South Petherwin School we provide the pupils with a mathematics curriculum which will produce individuals who are creative, independent, inquisitive, enquiring and confident. We want to develop positive attitudes towards maths and increase the children’s confidence and enjoyment. We ensure that we are addressing the three key aims of the National Curriculum: fluency, reasoning and problem solving, throughout our Maths lessons.

At South Petherwin School we encourage the children to explore patterns, ask questions and to explain their reasoning through discussion. We want the children to be confident at calculating the four operations and to ensure that they have a range of strategies to solve mental calculations. We produce a stimulating environment and allow pupils to develop their mathematical skills to their full potential using exciting and relevant resources.


Mastering Number 
We are currently part of the NCETM (National Centre for excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics) Mastering Number project which aims to secure firm foundations in the development of good number sense for all children from Reception through to Year 1 and Year 2. Children take part in a daily session, in addition to their maths lesson. The aim is for the children to leave KS1 with fluency in calculation and a confidence and flexibility with number. 
Progression of skills
Please see the documents below to show the progression of skills across the school, from Reception to Year 6. 

Around the World challenge

The ‘Around the World ‘ challenge is used to encourage pupils to improve their mental calculations, including time tables. It encourages pupils to improve their mental maths and therefore increase the speed and confidence they tackle mental maths problems in maths sessions, across the curriculum and in day to day life.

The pupils have a chance to practise their mental recall of number bonds, times tables and division facts through the ‘Around the World’ Challenge to see if they can get to the next city or country.

Maths Support for Parents
1.  Playing Maths Games
As well as our new maths online programme 'Doodle Maths' (please see your child's teacher for a login if you do not know this) there are plenty of maths games that are not computer based.  You can bring maths alive through simple games and activities, whether out shopping, using the context of money to help develop your child's skills or helping them to better understand measurement when baking or putting together the new rabbit's hutch.  There's always an opportunity for a 'maths moment'. 
Board games can be great for developing maths skills
  • Darts
  • Dominoes
  • Snakes and Ladders
  • Monopoly