Maths at Nonsuch Primary
The intent of our mathematics curriculum is to cater for the needs of all and to maximise the development of every child so that all our learners love maths and see themselves as mathematicians. We aim to provide high quality activities with a focus on fluency, reasoning and problem solving; these incorporate sustained levels of challenge and enable children to explore maths in depth and use mathematical vocabulary to reason and explain their thinking. A wide range of mathematical resources are used and children are taught to use concrete, pictorial and abstract (more ‘formal’) methods to represent their understanding. Children are taught to explain their choice of methods and develop their mathematical reasoning skills. We encourage resilience and acceptance that struggle is often a necessary step in learning.
Pupils should be able to recall and apply mathematical knowledge both rapidly and accurately. However, it is important to stress that fluency often gets confused for just memorisation – it is far more than this. As well as fluency of facts and procedures, pupils should be able to move confidently between contexts and representations, recognise relationships and make connections in mathematics. This should help pupils develop a deep conceptual understanding of the subject. Frequent, carefully designed, intelligent practice will help them to achieve a high level of fluency. At Nonsuch, we do ‘Maths On Track’ (MOT) lessons that ensure that children are revisiting the computation they have learnt.
The way pupils speak and write about mathematics transforms their learning. At Nonsuch we have adapted the mastery approach for our children and we use a carefully sequenced, structured approach to introduce and reinforce mathematical vocabulary. They should be able to say not just what the answer is, but how they know it’s right. This is key to building mathematical language and reasoning skills.
Mathematical problem solving is at the heart of our approach. Pupils are encouraged to identify, understand and apply relevant mathematical principles and make connections between different ideas. This builds the skills needed to tackle new problems, rather than simply repeating routines without a secure understanding.
Mathematical concepts are explored in a variety of representations and problem-solving contexts to give pupils a richer and deeper learning experience. Pupils combine different concepts to solve complex problems, and apply knowledge to real-life situations.
Maths Long Term Planning - click on the links below:
NumBots is all about every child achieving the “triple win” of understanding, recall and fluency in mental addition and subtraction, so that they move from counting to calculating.
Every child in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 have a login for this. Please click on the link below.
Times Tables Rock Stars
Times Tables Rock Stars is a carefully sequenced programme of daily times tables practice.
Every child in Years 2-6 have a login for this. Please click on the link below.
Maths Policies - click on the links below:
The 99 club aims to raise the standards in maths by encouraging children to improve their mental calculations when attempting quick fire times tables and division problems. The children at Nonsuch Primary compete this once a week. As a result, children become confident with number facts and are efficient in their mental calculations. Children are then able to apply this skill into their maths lessons.
Children are given 10 minutes to complete the maths quick fire questions. If they can answer all questions correctly, in the amount of time given, they are able to move to the next club. Success is celebrated in assemblies and children are presented with a certificate. Children can download practise sheets from the school website.
The scheme consists of eleven clubs for the children to work through:
11 Club – 11 questions (doubling numbers 1-10)
22 Club – 22 questions (repeated addition 1-10)
33 Club – 33 questions ( 2x, 3x, 5x and 10x tables)
44 Club – 44 questions (1x, 4x and 6x tables)
55 Club – 55 questions ( 7x and 8x tables)
66 Club – 66 questions (9x, 11x and 12x tables)
77 Club – 77 questions (inverse division facts)
88 Club – 88 questions (mixed multiplication and division facts)
99 Club – 99 questions (mixed multiplication and division facts)