Mathematics equips pupils with the uniquely powerful set of tools to understand and change the world. These tools include logical reasoning, problem solving skills and the ability to think in abstract ways. Mathematics is important in everyday life. It is integral to all aspects of life and with this in mind we endeavour to ensure that children develop an enthusiastic attitude towards mathematics that will stay with them.

At Firle Church of England Primary School we aim to provide a maths curriculum that provides breadth, is relevant and differentiated to suit the needs of all children in the modern world. Our maths teaching often uses real life situations and we use a wide variety of good quality equipment and resources, both tangible and ICT based, to support our learning and teaching.

We recognise that children need a range of calculation strategies which are efficient, accurate and reliable. Through our carefully developed calculation policy children are given a 'toolkit' of strategies which enable them to calculate confidently. Some of these methods will look different from the methods you were taught as a child. Please feel free to come in and ask questions about the methods we are using.

How parents and carers can help?

Every parent and carer can do their bit to help inspire their children to be successful in maths:

  • Help your children practice their times tables.
  • Come to curriculum evenings and maths workshops to see how your children learns different ways of approaching maths in school, to pick up tips and have some fun.
  • Show your child that you like the subject giving them the confidence that they can do it too.
  • Go shopping with real money (not a credit card) so that children can experience using coins, paying bills and experiencing ‘change’.
  • Let children play maths at home - whether it is using litre jugs in the bath for measuring liquids or weighing ingredients in the kitchen. Real life practise really helps children to understand how to estimate measures and apply knowledge.
  • Play board games like Snakes and Ladders, Monopoly, Pop to the Shops, Top Trumps etc.
  • Help children to understand how to use bus or train timetables; maps and co-ordinates by playing ‘Battleships’
  • Teach children how to tell the time Ask questions: What time is the TV programme they would like to watch? When does it start? When does it finish? How long is it on for?