Maths

‘high-quality mathematics provides a foundation for understanding the world’

(Primary National Curriculum, 2014)

 

Gorsey Bank Primary has a passion and a dedication to enable its learners to be confident mathematicians. We want our young mathematicians to be able to solve problems, reason about mathematical concepts and apply their mathematical skills fluently in a variety of contexts.

 

In order to do this we teach 7 Big Ideas, which provide the foundation for mathematical knowledge and future application in real life contexts. These big ideas are:

Knowing and using number

Adding and Subtracting

Multiplying and Dividing

Using fractions

Using measures

Using geometry

Using statistics

 

Teaching of these Big Ideas is constantly re-visited and with each visit the children’s knowledge is deepened and allows the children to take one step closer to achieving maths mastery.

 

Calculation Guidance

Our Calculation Guidance document is attached below and is available for download. This contains details and examples of the progression in written calculation methods for each of the four operations.

The video at the bottom of this page (courtesy of verbalreasoningtests.com) provide worked examples of the more challenging concepts of long and short division and multiplication (please note that at Gorsey Bank we encourage the ‘carries’ to sit below the line and use the term ‘sum’ only in addition calculations).

 

Useful Websites and Apps

The following are a selection of useful websites and apps that provide opportunities for children to practise and apply mathematical learning. Please encourage your children to use these at home as they will help reinforce their learning from school in a fun and enjoyable way!

Websites . . .

Sums.co.uk – brilliant for practising calculation methods and includes step by step guidance for successful completion!

BBC Schools – A range of fun and interaction activities from Early Years to Key Stage 2 (this includes a link to the ‘Bitesize’ website)

ICT Games – A selection of fun games more suited to Early Years and Key Stage 1

Apps . . .

Targetting Maths – Apps providing activities covering the full range of both year groups and Big Ideas

Maths Splat! – Fun Maths app for fluent and accurate recall of number facts in all four operations

King of Maths – Fun app for developing fluency across the Big Ideas which challenges players to move from peasants to Kings!

#gorseymaths

We’ve been learning about balanced equations in Maths. We’ve worked our socks off! #gorseymaths

test Twitter Media - We’ve been learning about balanced equations in Maths. We’ve worked our socks off! #gorseymaths https://t.co/DYo3L7kCui

Identifying quarters of shapes can be very tricky- did you know it meant there has to be 4 equal parts? Doing it in lots of different ways helps us consolidate our understanding #gorseymaths @GorseyY1

test Twitter Media - Identifying quarters of shapes can be very tricky- did you know it meant there has to be 4 equal parts? Doing it in lots of different ways helps us consolidate our understanding #gorseymaths @GorseyY1 https://t.co/JpwKNbIuA6
test Twitter Media - Identifying quarters of shapes can be very tricky- did you know it meant there has to be 4 equal parts? Doing it in lots of different ways helps us consolidate our understanding #gorseymaths @GorseyY1 https://t.co/JpwKNbIuA6
test Twitter Media - Identifying quarters of shapes can be very tricky- did you know it meant there has to be 4 equal parts? Doing it in lots of different ways helps us consolidate our understanding #gorseymaths @GorseyY1 https://t.co/JpwKNbIuA6
test Twitter Media - Identifying quarters of shapes can be very tricky- did you know it meant there has to be 4 equal parts? Doing it in lots of different ways helps us consolidate our understanding #gorseymaths @GorseyY1 https://t.co/JpwKNbIuA6

We made this lovely picture using different shapes with the tappy-tap today. What shapes can you spot? #gorseymaths #gorseyrec 🔴🔻🔵🔶⚪️

test Twitter Media - We made this lovely picture using different shapes with the tappy-tap today. What shapes can you spot? #gorseymaths #gorseyrec 🔴🔻🔵🔶⚪️ https://t.co/6w2OzHLZfF

Being busy learners in maths today, looking at halves and quarters and some really good reasoning too. Fantastic! ✅ #gorseymaths @GorseyY1

test Twitter Media - Being busy learners in maths today, looking at halves and quarters and some really good reasoning too. Fantastic! ✅ #gorseymaths @GorseyY1 https://t.co/J7QCrkH4Nt
test Twitter Media - Being busy learners in maths today, looking at halves and quarters and some really good reasoning too. Fantastic! ✅ #gorseymaths @GorseyY1 https://t.co/J7QCrkH4Nt
test Twitter Media - Being busy learners in maths today, looking at halves and quarters and some really good reasoning too. Fantastic! ✅ #gorseymaths @GorseyY1 https://t.co/J7QCrkH4Nt

Today we moved around the tables to secure our Y5 skills. How many could we do in 5 mins? #gorseymaths

test Twitter Media - Today we moved around the tables to secure our Y5 skills. How many could we do in 5 mins? #gorseymaths https://t.co/DAI0Ked6O0
test Twitter Media - Today we moved around the tables to secure our Y5 skills. How many could we do in 5 mins? #gorseymaths https://t.co/DAI0Ked6O0
test Twitter Media - Today we moved around the tables to secure our Y5 skills. How many could we do in 5 mins? #gorseymaths https://t.co/DAI0Ked6O0

We have been counting on to add two numbers together today, e.g. 6+3...... 6-7,8,9 = 9. Have a go at home. #gorseymaths

test Twitter Media - We have been counting on to add two numbers together today, e.g. 6+3...... 6-7,8,9 = 9. Have a go at home. #gorseymaths https://t.co/aIMtoABtVx
test Twitter Media - We have been counting on to add two numbers together today, e.g. 6+3...... 6-7,8,9 = 9. Have a go at home. #gorseymaths https://t.co/aIMtoABtVx

We used our knowledge of halves to try some problem solving games and activities, we had lots of fun 😊 #gorseymaths

test Twitter Media - We used our knowledge of halves to try some problem solving games and activities, we had lots of fun 😊 #gorseymaths https://t.co/JEx2x9O5Xm
test Twitter Media - We used our knowledge of halves to try some problem solving games and activities, we had lots of fun 😊 #gorseymaths https://t.co/JEx2x9O5Xm
test Twitter Media - We used our knowledge of halves to try some problem solving games and activities, we had lots of fun 😊 #gorseymaths https://t.co/JEx2x9O5Xm

How many different combinations of coins can you make to make these different amounts? #gorseymaths

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Moving on to fractions. We discussed what a fraction is and how many equal parts there are in a half. Quick demo then off to investigate finding haves of shapes #gorseymaths @GorseyY1

test Twitter Media - Moving on to fractions. We discussed what a fraction is and how many equal parts there are in a half. Quick demo then off to investigate finding haves of shapes #gorseymaths @GorseyY1 https://t.co/vNylodMC6b

We loved learning outside today in the beautiful weather ☀️😎 We did activities focusing on halving shapes as well consolidating our maths learning from last week #gorseymaths

test Twitter Media - We loved learning outside today in the beautiful weather ☀️😎 We did activities focusing on halving shapes as well consolidating our maths learning from last week #gorseymaths https://t.co/WN6LiqnWN6
test Twitter Media - We loved learning outside today in the beautiful weather ☀️😎 We did activities focusing on halving shapes as well consolidating our maths learning from last week #gorseymaths https://t.co/WN6LiqnWN6
test Twitter Media - We loved learning outside today in the beautiful weather ☀️😎 We did activities focusing on halving shapes as well consolidating our maths learning from last week #gorseymaths https://t.co/WN6LiqnWN6
test Twitter Media - We loved learning outside today in the beautiful weather ☀️😎 We did activities focusing on halving shapes as well consolidating our maths learning from last week #gorseymaths https://t.co/WN6LiqnWN6

Today we started looking at fractions. We focused on halving, which means splitting into two equal parts. We did a great job helping the teacher cut these objects in half and thinking about different ways shapes and objects can be halved #gorseymaths

test Twitter Media - Today we started looking at fractions. We focused on halving, which means splitting into two equal parts. We did a great job helping the teacher cut these objects in half and thinking about different ways shapes and objects can be halved #gorseymaths https://t.co/ZUbfZmSuar
test Twitter Media - Today we started looking at fractions. We focused on halving, which means splitting into two equal parts. We did a great job helping the teacher cut these objects in half and thinking about different ways shapes and objects can be halved #gorseymaths https://t.co/ZUbfZmSuar
test Twitter Media - Today we started looking at fractions. We focused on halving, which means splitting into two equal parts. We did a great job helping the teacher cut these objects in half and thinking about different ways shapes and objects can be halved #gorseymaths https://t.co/ZUbfZmSuar
test Twitter Media - Today we started looking at fractions. We focused on halving, which means splitting into two equal parts. We did a great job helping the teacher cut these objects in half and thinking about different ways shapes and objects can be halved #gorseymaths https://t.co/ZUbfZmSuar