St. Anne's Catholic Primary School is pleased to announce that we are participating in an exciting project in Liverpool to promote Mathematics in our city.
The aims of the project are:
We will, therefore, be holding events throughout this school year to help everyone to have fun and improve their mathematics skills.
The dates of events will be on our website so please come along and help us to achieve these aims!
A new initiative started this year, Maths Buddies aims to use older children to help younger children engage with and learn new maths concepts. All children involved so far have been amazing and we are very proud of them!
North West Three Maths Hub Project: Developing Mathematical Fluency in The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
Since 2014, The NCETM (National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics) and Maths Hubs have been working together to develop approaches to teaching for mastery within primary mathematics. This has been partly informed by the teaching of mathematics in high performing South East Asian jurisdictions. In 2016-2017 in collaboration North West Three Maths Hub, St. Anne's implemented a new and innovative approach to maths teaching in EYFS. In line with teaching for mastery, significant time is spent developing deep knowledge of the key ideas that are needed to underpin future learning. The project has had a significant, positive contribution on the progress of the children in EYFS.
Meetings with Parents
Positive involvement from parents/guardians is a key factor in a child's education. When parents make a positive contribution to a child's education, that child's prospects grow. However, the opposite is true and a parent's anxiety towards maths can have a negative impact on a child's prospects. Fortunately, here at St. Anne's our parents are committed to making a positive contribution to their child's maths education. They have a positive attitude to maths, encourage hard work and resilience and always make an effort to attend meetings.
Year 6 and Year 5 SATs Preparation Meeting
Miss Miles and Mr Davies ran a workshop for Year 5 & 6 parents to introduce the new revision toolkit and answer any questions that parents have regarding SATs. Thank you to all the parents who attended, and if you have any further questions do not hesitate to ask!
Where's the Maths in that?
Where's the Maths helps children see the maths in real life contexts and everyday objects. This activity has proven to be very popular with both children and adults!
Outdoor Classroom Day
As part of Outdoor Classroom Day, we had a focus on maths. Outdoor Classroom Day is part of a global campaign to celebrate and inspire outdoor play and learning in schools!
Jurassic Park Maths
St. Anne's loved meeting Sophie the T-Rex for STEM week. Sophie's keeper told us all about her and talked about the maths involved in looking after a T-Rex and with dinosaurs generally.
Calculating the Cost of New Playground Equipment
Mrs Shields (our Headteacher) and Miss Miles required help from our Year 6 children to work out the cost of some new playground equipment. They were fantastic and used their reasoning skills brilliantly!
One of our many enthusiastic mathematicians sets a challenge every month for another year group in school. So far he has challenged year 2, 4 and 6. Watch out children for the next challenge!
Deep Dive Champion
As part of our ongoing drive to embed fluency, problem solving and reasoning into our maths curriculum, we have implemented the Deep Dive Challenge. This has been introduced to the children by Scuba Tom. A mysterious character who can't problem solve, reason or explain his mathematical thinking! It's up to the children to help him and become Deep Dive Champions.
Maths Puzzle Boards
In Key Stage Two, we now have two maths puzzle boards. They will be coming to Key Stage One and EYFS very soon.
Maths Working Walls & Displays
This year, we have tried to bring some consistency to our working walls. Each classroom's maths working wall has a number line (linked to its year groups objectives), a Gattegno Chart, a Chilli Challenge area and a greater than/less than/equals sign poster. It is then up to the class teacher to add anything that is relevant to their current topic.