Welcome to Maths at Sevenoaks Primary School
Here at Sevenoaks Primary School, we have been working hard for many years to teach maths conceptually. The new National Curriculum for September, 2014 has now introduced this philosophy so we feel very proud of ourselves for already being ahead of the game.
Good progress and high attainment
Our approach to mathematics has had positive outcomes and the children, in this subject, are in the main making or exceeding the expected progress across the Key Stage. Wherever possible, we will also extend the more able and our recent SAT results have been commendable.
Maths on the internet
As a resource to the teaching at SPS, the ‘mymaths’ website is used to support whole class lessons and separate interventions. The latter are used to support children of all abilities across the school. You can access this website at home using the following website:
Our username is: sevenoaksps but our password will vary over time. Please contact the school for details. This website can be used without the children requiring individual log-in details and is organised both according to topic and the level which the children are working at. In addition, MangaHigh is used but more so to extend the more able mathematicians. Log-ins are required but access to part of the website is available to anyone – just google ‘MangaHigh.’
Our children also take part in maths competitions. The Primary Maths Challenge is available for our more able children in Year 6 and is in fact a national competition. In the past, some of our pupils have reached the final and thus had the privilege of sitting another challenge. Another competition we have taken part in is a maths competition run by Explore Learning. Travelling to Southborough and competing as a team against other schools. Our local school, Walthamstow Hall, also holds its annual maths race which is open to Year 4 and 5 pupils. For many years now, SPS has entered teams for both year groups and whilst our performance varies, we have been known to come 2nd or 3rd. Still striving for 1st place – one day!
Keeping maths real
We want children to love maths and dispel any myths that have been passed down to them. Learning should be both fun and constructive but in the main, realistic. Maths needs to have a purpose and so applying maths in an everyday context is crucial for a child’s understanding. Using and applying activities which may involve problem solving is integrated into the teaching. Talking about maths is also important for without talking, we find it harder to absorb and learn. When you can explain your maths by talking to someone then you can really understand. This is our goal.
Pupils at the Explore Learning Maths Competition.