Denton West End Primary School

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Balmoral Drive, Manchester, Lancashire, M34 2JX

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Maths

Mathematics teaches us how to make sense of the world around us through developing a child’s ability to calculate, to reason and to solve problems. It enables children to understand and appreciate relationships and pattern in both number and space in their everyday lives. Through their growing knowledge and understanding, children learn to appreciate the contribution made by many cultures to the development and application of mathematics.

The aims of mathematics are:

  • to promote enjoyment and enthusiasm for learning through practical activity, exploration and discussion;
  • to promote confidence and competence with numbers and the number system;
  • to develop the ability to solve problems through decision-making and reasoning in a range of contexts;
  • to develop a practical understanding of the ways in which information is gathered and presented;
  • to explore features of shape and space, and develop measuring skills in a range of contexts;
  • to understand the importance of mathematics in everyday life.

At Denton West End we use a variety of teaching and learning styles in mathematics lessons. Our principal aim is to develop children’s knowledge, skills and understanding in mathematics. We do this through a daily lesson that has a high proportion of whole-class and group-direct teaching. During these lessons we encourage children to ask as well as answer mathematical questions. They have the opportunity to use a wide range of resources such as number lines, number squares, digit cards and small apparatus to support their work. Children use ICT in mathematics lessons where it will enhance their learning, as in modelling ideas and methods. Wherever possible, we encourage the children to use and apply their learning in everyday situations.

In all classes there are children of differing mathematical ability. We recognise this fact and provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child. We achieve this through a range of strategies – in some lessons through differentiated group work, and in other lessons by organising the children to work in pairs on open-ended problems or games. We use classroom assistants to support some children and to ensure that work is matched to the needs of individuals.

At Denton West End, we have made some important decisions about the way we teach calculation. The progression in calculation documents for the four operations, both written and mental, can be found below. 

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Written Addition Progression.pdfDownload
Written Division Progression.pdfDownload
Written Multiplication Progression.pdfDownload
Written Subtraction Progression.pdfDownload
Mental Subtraction Progression.pdfDownload
Mental Multiplication Progression.pdfDownload
Mental Division Progression.pdfDownload
Mental Addition Progression.pdfDownload
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Addition - Early Experiences

Pupils are given the opportunity to use developing mathematical ideas and methods to solve practical problems in a real or role-play context. For example,

- During snack time, asking ‘If I give out one more apple, how many is that?’

- Through continual provision such as play in the sand and water area, home corner, construction area and shop.

- Addition vocabulary includes; and, plus, equals, makes, altogether, add, one more than, what comes next? …and if we put one more?

Subtraction - Early Experiences

Pupils are given the opportunity to use developing mathematical ideas and methods to solve practical problems in a real or role-play context. For example,

  • Songs and Rhymes such as ’10 Green Bottles’ and ‘Five Mice’ (finger rhyme).
  • Through continual provision such as play in the sand and water area, home corner, construction area and shop (e.g. giving change in a money context)

Subtraction vocabulary includes; total, take, take away, leave, How many are left? How many have gone? Less, fewer, difference between.

Multiplication - Early Experiences

Pupils are given the opportunity to use developing mathematical ideas and methods to solve practical problems in a real or role-play context. For example,

  • Grouping children in pairs for lining up and working in learning partners.
  • Stories and rhymes such as ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’.

Multiplication vocabulary includes; count, double, pairs, groups, share.

Division - Early Experiences

Pupils are given the opportunity to use developing mathematical ideas and methods to solve practical problems in a real or role-play context. For example,

Dividing velcro food in the ‘home’ role-play area.

  • Arranging pupils in groups for different learning groups and activities.
  • Making sandwiches for tea party and dividing them into 4 squares.
  • Division vocabulary includes; share, fair, divide, same, equal, even, groups, count, half

Division vocabulary includes; share, fair, divide, same, equal, even, groups, count, half

For more information about the curriculum areas please contact the school