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Maths Statement of Intent

 

Resilient        Respectful       Inspired      Curious

 

Mathematicians at Yeadon Westfield Junior School

 

At Yeadon Westfield Junior School, we recognise that mathematics is a powerful tool that helps us understand the world and is essential to everyday life. As such we want our children to be empowered by their solid knowledge and understanding of mathematical concepts and develop a sense of curiosity not only for maths but the world in which they live.

 

We aim to inspire our children by fostering a positive ‘can do’ attitude as we believe all children can achieve in mathematics, through careful planning, manageable steps and secure, deep understanding of mathematical concepts. Children in YWJS, are encouraged to be resilient learners when problem solving, and school is a safe place where mistakes and misconceptions are essential parts of learning. This breeds perseverance in our children when seeking solutions.

 

Our mathematics curriculum is shaped by our whole school vision and specifically, children are taught maths through an enjoyable and varied spiral approach. Each year, children at our school build on prior maths knowledge following a learning journey that includes concrete modelling, where children are able to visualise concepts, and fundamental fluency understanding in which children recall and apply their knowledge. This is further practiced through exciting and challenging problem solving which embeds children’s knowledge, modelling real life scenarios with increasing sophistication. Finally, mastery of mathematics enables our children to be inspired to follow lines of enquiry, be curious in developing and experimenting with solutions and present justifications and arguments in a respectful manner using mathematical language and oracy skills. All of which leads to satisfaction and enjoyment through being resilient learners.

 

We are committed at YWJS, to ensuring that our children progress beyond our school knowing the importance of mathematics in the wider world. Being fluent in the fundamentals of maths and having the skill sets needed to confidently reason and problem solve will equip them beyond their school life.

Here are some of things our children think about Maths

 

What is Maths?

 

'Maths is all about numbers. We learn maths to get further in collage, better jobs and be successful in life in general.' Year 3 child.

 

'Maths is finding out answers.' Year 4 child.

 

'Maths is where we learn addition, multiplication, division and subtraction. In the future it can help with your job and daily life.' Year 5 child.

 

'Maths is where you learn different methods to do with number. Learning maths gives us the life skills we may need in the future.' Year 6 child.

 

Do you enjoy Maths?

 

'It's a bit challenging and a bit fun, maths is my favourite subject in school.' Year 3 child.

 

'I enjoy maths. I love Times Table Rock stars.' Year 4 child.

 

'I enjoy times tables.' Year 5 child.

 

'Maths is challenging but that's good, if you don't get challenging work it would be boring. I loved learning long multiplication.' Year 6 child.

 

 

What are your best achievements in Maths?

 

'How fast I can recall times tables in TTRs. When I manage to solve a problem I am really proud.' Year 3 child.

 

'Knowing my times tables and being able to work on greater depth questions.' Year 4 Child.

 

'Improving my TTRs results over a two week period.' Year 5 child.

 

'Answering greater depth challenge questions are my greatest achievements.' Year 6 child.

 

 

What do you learn from doing discussion problems in Maths?

 

'I learn team work and sometimes even if you don't like the answer you have to go with it and co-operate with other people or explain why you disagree clearly.' Year 3 child.

 

'Working with other partners means more ideas to discuss and two heads can be better than one.' Year 4 child.

 

'I learn how other people's brains work.' Year 5 child.

 

'We are able to discuss other ways to solve problems.' Year 6 child.

 

How can Maths help people overcome problems?

 

'If you are a builder in New York, you would need to know measurement and addition and be able to use it in architecture.' Year 3 child.

 

'When sharing things out to make things fair, partitioning and dividing.' Year 4 child.

 

'Maths help people in everyday life when facing something needing maths knowledge. You wouldn't go far in life without maths.' Year 5 child.

 

'Overcoming problems at high school as we will have prior knowledge and in the future to get jobs.' Year 6 child.

 

 

 

Autumn Term 2022 - Year 4 - Another Muddy Puddle Day - Roman Maths

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We spent the whole day outside. First we dyed wool using natural Roman methods. Then we worked out challenges using Roman symbols and lollypop sticks. Finally we made mosaics out of tiles. We had a fantastic time.

Summer Term 2022 - Year 4I - Outdoor Maths

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We have been doing our maths in the sunshine!!

Summer Term 2022 - Year 4I - Summer Muddy Puddle Day

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The children took part in a litter survey of the school grounds followed by a litter pick linked to our eco schools topic. After break they did some outdoor maths linked to the topic of properties of shape and drew acute, obtuse and right angles on the playground in chalk. The children went into Jack's garden in the afternoon and sketched what they could see through a view finder, using Monet as inspiration, and created a water colour landscape painting.

Year 3 Recognising fractions as decimals

Year 3 Measuring length and Perimeter

Classroom Displays Summer 2022

Year 3 Finding 2D and 3D Shapes in the environment

Spring Term 2022 - Year 5 Muddy Puddle Day

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We decorated our earthquake art with stick pictures and labelled the angles acute, obtuse, right-angle or reflex as appropriate.

Spring Term 2022 - Class 6G - Muddy Puddle Day

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We used our Muddy Puddle Day (no mud and no puddles this year!) to do maths outside. This video shows what we were up to.

Spring Term 2022 - Class 6M - Muddy Puddle Day

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We used our Muddy Puddle Day (no mud and no puddles this year!) to do some combined maths and art outside. This video shows what we were up to.

Maths Week November 2021

Year 3

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During Maths week 2021, all of the children took part in Numberfit which combined maths times tables puzzles and fitness in a fun team based competition.

3B_MathsWorldCup.MOV

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Year 6

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Autumn Term 2021 - Year 4 - Roman Maths

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As part of Muddy Puddle Day the Year 4 pupils learned all about Roman numerals. They practised their skills using lollipop sticks on the school yard. This is the longer version of the maths part of the video viewable on the Outdoor Learning page.

Year 3 Place Value topic

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Summer Term 2021 - Class 6G - Maths Workshop

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With the Tokyo Olympics in mind we set our Year 6 pupils a puzzle to challenge their maths skills.
The team of Olympians from the tiny country of Berellia is in turmoil. They're all cyclists, you see - and someone has sabotaged each and every one of their bikes! So our pupils had to delve deep into the murky underworld of the velodrome as they surveyed the crime scene, examined the evidence and sifted through the suspects - all in a bid to crack The Case of the Criminal Cyclists!

Summer Term 2021 - Year 3 - Outdoor Maths

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We had to hunt out analogue clocks around the school and then convert the analogue time into digital time.

Times Tables Rockstars Festive Competition 2020!

Classroom Displays

 

Below are pictures of the Maths displays which are on classroom walls during the Autumn term.

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

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