In order for children to become proficient mathematicians they will need a good knowledge of basic number facts and times table facts. Children will need to be able to recall these facts quickly as well as being able to apply them to problem solving contexts.
Flintham Fluency Facts
We have therefore developed ‘Flintham Fluency Facts’ for the children to practise each half term. Initially, we are starting to roll this out in Key Stage 1. Every half term, your child will have a fluency focus such as doubling, halving, numbers bonds to 10 etc. At the beginning of the term, your child will come home with several sheets of sums/number facts to practise. Each sheet is the same, the purpose being that they try and improve their score and time every week. We expect children to practise these sheets and number facts at least twice a week. On a Friday, we will do a quick check in our maths lessons to see if it is helping the children to improve.
To coincide with the fluency question sheets for children, we will also provided an adult sheet to show how you can support fluency facts further at home and the expectations we expect the children to learn each half term.
Any questions, please feel free to come and chat with Mrs Sharphouse.
A large focus of the ‘Flintham Fluency Facts’ is learning times tables. A great website to help with learning tables is https://www.mathschase.com/ and don’t forget the Doodle Maths app, which is great for developing rapid recall skills too.
Times Tables Rock Stars
When it comes to times tables, speed AND accuracy are important – the more facts your child remembers, the easier it is for them to do harder calculations. Times Table Rock Stars is a fun and challenging programme designed to help pupils master the times tables. To be a Times Table Rock Star you need to answer any multiplication fact up to 12×12 in less than 3 seconds!
Please find below the Parent Handbook for Times Tables Rock Stars. This contains all the information you need to support your child to become a Times Tables Rock Star. You can also download the free App by visiting your Play Store.
Logging into Times Tables Rock Stars
In the short document below is all the information you will need to log into Time Tables Rock Stars. Your child will come home with their user name and unique password stuck in the front of their reading diary. Follow this link to log on https://play.ttrockstars.com/ or download the App from the App store.
Scatter Tables – Another way to support Times Table Facts
To use scatter tables to support your child in learning their times tables, you call out a question from the times table you are focusing on and your child has to point to the answer on the page. For example, if you are concentrating on the 5 times table, then find the Scatter Table for the 5s and call out questions like, “9 times 5” (your child points to 45), “6 times 5” (your child points to 30) or “5 times 12” (your child points to 60). Your child should be trying to get the answers correct each time and not worrying about the speed. The full set of scatter tables is provided in the document below.
Maths No Problem
At Flintham we have recently introduced a new maths programme called ‘Maths No Problem’ (MNP) from Year 1 up to Year 6. MNP is an approach to teaching maths developed in Singapore. It meets the requirements of the National Curriculum and includes a series of textbooks, workbooks and teaching resources.
MNP ensures that problem solving is at the heart of mathematics. The focus is not on rote procedures, rote memorisation or tedious calculations but on relational understanding. Pupils are encouraged to solve problems working with their core competencies, such as visualisation, generalisation and decision making. In summary:
- It is a highly effective approach to teaching maths based on research and evidence.
- It builds students’ mathematical fluency without the need for rote learning.
- It introduces new concepts using Concrete Pictorial Abstract (CPA) approach.
- Pupils learn to think mathematically as opposed to reciting formulas they don’t understand.
- Teaches mental strategies to solve problems such as drawing a bar model or using part part whole diagrams.
How are lessons taught?
Concepts merge from one chapter to the next. Chapters are then broken down into individual lessons.Lessons typically are broken into three parts and can last one or more days. Pupils master topics before moving on.
The three parts to a lesson are:
1. Anchor Task – the entire class spends time on a question guided by the teacher. The children are encouraged during this time to think of as many ways as possible to solve the question as possible.
2. Guided Practice – practice new ideas in groups, pairs or individually guided by the teacher.
3. Independent Practice – practice on your own. Once children have mastered the concept they use their reasoning and problem solving skills to develop their depth of learning.
What impact will MNP have on our children?
- Children will have a greater conceptual understanding of number and calculation. They will be able to visualise and generalise more readily due to a more in-depth understanding.
- Struggling learners will be fully supported through accessing concrete equipment and use of visual models to support understanding.
- Confident learners will be challenged through exposure to unfamiliar problems, development of reasoning skills and by exploring multiple ways to manipulate numbers and solve problems.
- Learners will access teaching of content which matches the expectations of the new curriculum in England and be supported further, if needed, in order to access this. The resources match the expectations for formal written methods set out by the Government, alongside greater understanding
Find out more about ‘Maths No Problem’ by looking at the Maths Meeting power point (see below) that took place during the autumn term.
Please access the Maths resources below. You can view and download PDF’s in your web browser. Clicking the powerpoint link will download it to your computer (tap and hold on link for ipad options)