Mary Elton Primary School

Mary Elton Primary School


Our ethos and fundamental principles:

Every child can be successful at maths. Our responsibility as teachers is to facilitate that success.

We will do this by:

  • Recognising and removing barriers to learning which may slow or impede a child’s progress.
  • Providing carefully planned support at the appropriate point.
  • Delivering the National Curriculum effectively, in line with Government guidelines.
  • Explicitly teaching children to discuss their mathematical learning by modelling ‘maths talk’ and routinely teaching and using appropriate terms and vocabulary.
  • Teaching children the skills and strategies they need to become independent and active learners; fostering perseverance and encouraging them to try out a range of approaches when faced with a challenge.
  • Making maths real and relevant to children by using practical and real life experiences which are familiar to them; going shopping, calculating the area of parts of the school grounds etc.
  • Regularly making use of our extensive grounds as an outdoor classroom.
  • Providing maths challenges to engage all children and embed understanding.
  • Ensuring a strong dialogue between home and school about the child’s progress and enjoyment of maths.
  • Engaging the parents and the wider community in maths projects, promoting the idea that maths is fun, relevant and accessible for everyone.
  • Ensuring that every child moves forward through accurate formative and summative assessment.
  • Celebrating children’s work in a variety of ways, e.g. through use of displays, in assemblies and through reaching targets like times tables.

Finally, we seek research and international good practice to guide our teaching and learning. We also look to ensure that what we do has maximum impact on learning now and that a positive image of maths endures beyond primary school.

Primary Maths National Curriculum

Maths in Mary Elton and at Home

In Mary Elton we like to think of our school grounds as our outdoor classroom. So we go outside to estimate and measure; to use chalk on the playground to help solve questions; and to do practical activities using our hands. We think it is important to share our maths ideas, so that we can build our understanding and practice using maths vocabulary. This involves children talking about their maths, asking questions and suggestion ideas and pointing out links.

In maths, as in science, we invite in men and women who use maths in their work, to talk to us about how they use maths in their jobs. For example a scientist studying bats in Cambodia, explained how you need to use graphs. Another explained how DNA is a maths code that can make living things. A forensic police officer told us how she uses maths in her work. Recently a Bristol University lecturer, explained how maths and IT help her with her science research.

At home we can learn more about maths by helping weigh things when cooking. We can measure when someone does DIY or we go on journey. We can count money and check change. We can help estimate what is needed for our party. We can do maths when playing games and keeping score. We can learn our tables with others at home. We enjoy playing our School Maths Library Games. We like learning maths through doing things that are important to us, using our hands and sharing our ideas.

We believe it is important to involve families too in maths and parent and guardians are often invited to see work we have done. The school does workshops to support parents with how they can help their children with maths. Finally we take our maths out into the community.  Year 5 for example showed residence at the Hawthorns, what maths learning is like and children have the opportunity to work with children in maths from other schools.

Progression in Maths guide for parents

Progression in written methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division

Bonds, Badges and Clubs Practise Sheets