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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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Today Y2 were all about taking their learning outside (it’s a shame we picked the chilliest day of the term so far to do it but the children showed off their resilience and braved the elements regardless). We started our morning with applying our learning about adding two numbers together using a column method to playing a game. We had to add the scores together to find out who won the game. This afternoon we practiced our spellings by challenging our partner to spell a word using water and paintbrushes. Not only great fun but it really got us thinking about using the spelling patterns we knew to spell a different word. Fantastic learning from all the Dinos. #dcpsdinosaur #dcpsmaths #dcpsenglish #dcpslotc #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

Today Y2 were all about taking their learning outside (it’s a shame we picked the chilliest day of the term so far to do it but the children showed off their resilience and braved the elements regardless). We started our morning with applying our learning about adding two numbers together using a column method to playing a game. We had to add the scores together to find out who won the game. This afternoon we practiced our spellings by challenging our partner to spell a word using water and paintbrushes. Not only great fun but it really got us thinking about using the spelling patterns we knew to spell a different word. Fantastic learning from all the Dinos. #dcpsdinosaur #dcpsmaths #dcpsenglish #dcpslotc #dcpscoreImage attachment

Year 5 loved their maths lesson today because they got to write all over the tables!! The children used their addition and subtraction skills to solve multi-step problems. They were amazing and even made the tables look spotless after - like nothing ever happened! Well done year 5! #dcpswhale #dcpsdolphin #dcpsmaths #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

Year 5 have been learning about Roman Numerals in their Maths lessons. They had to make given numbers using lolly sticks, then answer questions about numbers and dates. #dcpsdolphin #dcpswhale #dcpsmaths #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

Year 5 enjoyed their Maths outdoors earlier in the week. Their focus was place value and timetables. They had to answer lots of questions; run around lots if their number was the answer to the question and they managed to win lots of dojos too! #dcpsdolphin #dcpswhale #dcpslotc #dcpsmaths #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

Year 5 enjoyed their Maths outdoors earlier in the week. Their focus was place value and timetables. They had to answer lots of questions; run around lots if their number was the answer to the question and they managed to win lots of dojos too!  #dcpsdolphin #dcpswhale #dcpslotc #dcpsmaths #dcpscore

Year 5 plotted the distances of the planets using the correct scale. They had to use both their Maths and Science skills to work out how far away their planet was from the sun. #dcpscore #dcpsstem #dcpsmaths #dcpslotc #dcpsdolphin ... See MoreSee Less

After a lot of hard work and determination, we have a new member of the 45 club! #dcpsyear4 #dcpsgiraffe #dcpselephant #dcpsmaths #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

After a lot of hard work and determination, we have a new member of the 45 club! #dcpsyear4 #dcpsgiraffe #dcpselephant #dcpsmaths #dcpscore

This week in nursery we have been exploring Autumn and harvest festival.
While exploring autumn we talked about the change in weather, what happens to some trees, made clay hedgehogs and explored various autumnal vegetables.
With Alexander ( the puppet) we talked about how the harvest festival is all about helping others. We helped him to think of ways to be a better friend and we all agreed having kind hands in Nursery is important! We have spent the week helping our friends and talking about how to help others in our lives. What a kind group of children we have in Nursery #dcpscaterpillar #dcpsre #dcpspshe #dcpslifeskills #dcpsmaths #dcpsstem
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We have been using the conkers we have been collecting to play games. Today we had to roll a dice and count out the right amount of conkers until we had filled our tens frame. We had to do lots of problem solving! How many more do you need to make ten? Who has the most? Who needs to roll a bigger number? What happens if you roll a six but you only have four spaces? More importantly, we have been learning to take turns! Great work! #dcpsEYFS #dcpsladybird #dcpsbutterfly #dcpsmaths ... See MoreSee Less

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