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Maths @ Denbigh CPS

Subject Lead: Mrs Candlish

The Maths curriculum at Denbigh strives to equip children with the number and problem solving skills that they will need to succeed in, and beyond their school years. We use a variety of teaching and learning skills to support our children’s learning throughout the Maths curriculum which encompasses calculation methods, measure, fractions, data handling, shape, counting and using and applying skills in real life contexts.

Our staff aim to enthuse and inspire a love of Maths through a range of activities which include practical Maths sessions, providing children with relevant problem solving opportunities and supporting children to see how Maths is woven throughout our everyday lives.

A cross curricular approach to Maths is in place to allow children have the opportunity to apply the skills learned in Maths lessons through other areas, such as STEM, Topic, Art, DT etc. Educational trips work alongside our Maths curriculum to support the teaching and learning, and give children real-life experiences to draw on in school.

Within Years 1 and 2 the children are taught using the ‘Maths No Problem’ scheme of work which allows children to develop their thinking and reasoning skills from the off. Every day a lesson begins with an anchor task (a hook) which prompts the children to think and discuss how a solution to the problem can be reached. All the methods the children suggest are given due consideration before we explore the most efficient method to use. The children then practice the required skill before applying this in solving more problems and challenges. Lessons build upon previous skills taught to ensure children have a secure knowledge of all areas of maths and can use a range of calculation methods fluently. In Years 3 to 6 teachers follow a similar lesson structure but plan their own activities for the children to undertake. In KS2 Maths lessons are ‘set’ so that all learners are accessing Maths at their level with support and challenge built in throughout. Children of all ages are challenged to extend their learning and to ensure they can reason about number. Indeed a great deal of Maths lessons involve a lot of discussion, giving children the opportunity to share their thinking and explain how they reached a conclusion. At Denbigh we feel that ‘a quiet Maths lesson is a suspicious Maths lesson’. We actively encourage our pupils to discuss, to question, to debate, to reason and to consider ‘what if?’.

Throughout all strands of Maths, ICT is used to engage, enthuse, present and document the children’s learning.

Staff at Denbigh know that good Maths occurs in our school when:

  • It is led by the children, interests them and is memorable to them.
  • Children are talking, laughing, engaged and enjoying Maths through a range of interactive and practical activities.
  • Children are actively involved in their own learning, asking questions, looking for the answers and keen to challenge themselves further.
  • Maths is differentiated and inclusive with children making progress throughout the lesson.
  • Good quality assessment and Assessment for Learning is used to inform planning and builds on children’s prior learning.

If you would like to support your child with their learning journey, then please take the time to read our ‘Maths Parents Booklets’. For more information please ask to speak to Mrs Candlish.

EYFS Parent Maths Booklet

Y1 Parent Maths Booklet

Y2 Parent Maths Booklet

Y3 Parent Maths Booklet

Y4 Parent Maths Booklet

Y5 and 6 Parent Maths Booklet

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Our first Dino to achieve a 10 club badge 👏🏻 We have several more children snapping at his heels, keen to be times table whizz kids. #dcpsdinosaur #dcpsmaths #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

Our first Dino to achieve a 10 club badge 👏🏻 We have several more children snapping at his heels, keen to be times table whizz kids. #dcpsdinosaur #dcpsmaths #dcpscore

Each Tuesday the nursery children explore maths through cooking, we learn about shapes, size, weights and practise our counting. We do this in small groups so that we can take our time and learn new skills. As the Nursery children have been exploring the song five currant buns this week they worked together to make currant buns. We hope you enjoyed them at home today..if they made it that far? ( Those who didn’t make currant buns this week will have their opportunity next Tuesday. ) #dcpscaterpillar #dcpseyfs #dcpspshe #dcpsmusic #dcpsmaths ... See MoreSee Less

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Very yummy 😋

We have been super busy in year 4. In maths we have been looking at multiplying and dividing. We used place value counters to help us break down tricky problems and used our place value knowledge to solve calculations. #dcpselephant #dcpsgiraffe #dcpsmaths #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

55 club success continues in year 4. Well done to this superstar for gaining their 45 club badge! #dcpselephant #dcpsgiraffe #dcpsmaths #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

55 club success continues in year 4. Well done to this superstar for gaining their 45 club badge! #dcpselephant #dcpsgiraffe #dcpsmaths #dcpscore

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Well done Jazmin! X

Year 5 have started using their new Maths programme ‘Freckle’. They enjoyed working through the questions, collecting the coins and unlocking items in their shop. They all have their logins for this, so could do some of the maths games at home and impress you with their knowledge! #dcpsdolphin #dcpswhale #dcpscore #dcpsmaths ... See MoreSee Less

Year 3’s newest member of 10 club! 🤩 #dcpscore #dcpsmaths #dcpslizard #dcpsturtle ... See MoreSee Less

Year 3’s newest member of 10 club! 🤩 #dcpscore #dcpsmaths #dcpslizard #dcpsturtle

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Well done 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 xx


This week in nursery we have been exploring shape. The full time nursery children began by exploring circles. We threaded circles, printing with circles and even made large circles in the air with ribbon or on a large sheet of paper. We explored the properties of circles as we noticed the tyres outside where round and found that they were the perfect shape for rolling so we set ourselves the challenge to see who could roll their tyre the furthest. We then looked at other shapes and made our own shape monsters. Today we made some shape biscuits which were delicious! #dcpsEYFS #dcpscaterpillar #dcps30hours #dcpsmaths #dcpslotc #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

In Year 1, we love to get practical in our maths lessons. We have been using Dienes to partition teen numbers this week. The children have loved exploring the visual representations of numbers to 20. #dcpspanda #dcpspolarbear #dcpsmaths ... See MoreSee Less

Well done, we are super proud of you #dcpsturtle #dcpslizard #dcpscore #dcpsmaths

In Nursery we are very kind and care about others. This week we have thought about the wildlife in Howdon who need our help this winter. We thought about what they need and designed warm homes for them. We worked together to make lots of cereal bird feeders for all the birds around Howdon, watch out for them on the trees and bushes near school.
We have also spent lots of time exploring shapes! The children loved making shape sandwiches and creating shape pictures! #dcpscaterpillar #dcpsmaths #dcpspshe
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Year 4 have been carrying on with their multiplication and division work in maths. We have been looking at factor pairs and efficient multiplication, working out the best ways to solve multiplication questions. We used practical methods and lots of discussion to help us secure our learning. #dcpselephant #dcpsgiraffe #dcpsmaths #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

Our newest members of 55 club #dcpscore #dcpslizard #dcpsturtle #dcpsmaths

Our newest members of the 55 club! We are so proud of their determination. #dcpsgiraffe #dcpsmaths #dcpsdetermined #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

Our newest members of the 55 club! We are so proud of their determination. #dcpsgiraffe #dcpsmaths #dcpsdetermined #dcpscore

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Well done boys 👍

Well done 👏🏻

Well done lads 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 xx

Well done boys 👏👏👏

It has been a great day in Year 4. We have been using place value counters to help us multiply a 2 digit number by a single digit, we even used the method to try and multiply a 3 digit number. #dcpsgiraffe #dcpselephant #dcpsmaths #dcpscore #dcpsnetworker ... See MoreSee Less

Our latest member of the 27 club #dcpsmaths #dcpslizard #dcpsturtle #dcpscore

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Fabulous Angel, Granda is so proud of you you. Well done, Love ya loads. xxxxxxxxxx

Fantastic Well done xx

Whooohooo well done Alyssa xx

Our latest member of the 10 club! #dcpsmaths #dcpsturtle #dcpslizard #dcpscore

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