Mathematics 2019-2020

Welcome to our Maths Blog area 2019-20

At Sandy Hill Academy we are fully engaged with the new Mathematics curriculum and adopting a mastery approach to learning.

We are very happy with the way in which the children have embraced the new approach to deepening their understanding of Maths. 

We all have the belief that Mathematics is a creative subject that allows children to form links across the curriculum.

It is essential to everyday life. We all use maths everyday regardless of ability. Our aim at Sandy Hill Academy is to foster a love of maths that encourages all children to embrace the subject, to enjoy investigating, not to worry about making marvellous mistakes and to build a solid foundation of knowledge that will carry them forward long after they leave education.

We aim to achieve this by delivering high-quality, challenging lessons that provide a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically and the confidence to problem solve. Above all we want the children to have fun, to have an appreciation of the wonder of mathematics and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.

Check out our classes learning, test your times tables, read about the latest in the world of maths or use your resilient maths skills to solve different challenges. 
 The determination to learn new mathematics skills.
Making links between mathematical concepts and drawing upon prior knowledge to help.
The desire to be successful, looking for real life links and realising that learning is a continuous process.
 When faced with a difficulty, never giving up. 
Helping others through sharing expertise. 

Investigate, reason, problem solve, make marvellous mistakes and have fun learning.



Please check out this link to get an overview of how we develop children's mathematical understanding. We support the learning process by using concrete, pictorial and abstract steps to solidify different mathematical concepts. Two visual images that you will commonly see at Sandy Hill are the Part Part Whole model and Bar Model. See below for examples. 
This model shows that the part 5 and 2 equal the whole 7.
So... 5+2=7 or 2+5=7 or 7=5+2 or 7=2+5 or inversely... 7-5=2 or 7-5=2
However, the other model shows that the parts 2 and 3 equal 5. 
So... 2+3=5 or 3+2=5 or 5=2+3 or 5=3+2 or inversely... 5-3=2 or 5-2=3
Can you make a part part whole model for the number 50?
What is the same and what is different about the models for 5 and 50?
Similar to the part part whole, the bottom of the bar shows the parts and the top shows the whole. 70+30 gives you the whole and demonstrates that the two together equal 100.
It also shows...100-70=30, 100-30=70
The bar can also represent multiplication/division learning. This bar shows that 3 lots of 9 equals 27. But can also show that 27 divided by 3 equals 9. 
Key Stage 1 Maths in pictures.
Key Stage 2 maths in pictures.
Times Tables Rockstars (TTRS)
All of our children in KS1 and KS2 have been introduced to Times Tables Rockstars, (TTRS) this year. We have been having great fun competing against each other as a whole school family. 
We can learn at our own pace in the garage, see how quick we are in the studio and then perform in the biggest arenas. Keep an eye on how quickly we can answer questions.
To log in to TTRS, click here
Reception have been practising their counting and number skills. The children are becoming really fluent with their numbers to 10: recognising them in many different contexts. 
The children in EYFS develop number understanding through a strategy called subitising. 
...but what is subitising? 
Have a read of NCETMs article to find out more about this fascinating approach to children's early number learning.
Investigating and embracing maths in nursery. 
Times Tables
Knowing your times tables is like having the key to a palace. Times tables link to many areas of mathematics; being fluent and knowing your facts is amazing for children's confidence in mathematics. Check out the games below. 
Times tables actions help us remember the number patterns. 
Times tables actions are brilliant for remembering and having quick recall. Great job Year 3, who have become really confident with their 3s, 4s and 8s.  
Year 4 putting their quick fire times tables recall to the test in a team game of hit the button. 
Times Tables Test
Click on the link to put your times tables learning to the challenge!
KS1 Maths Challenges
Mr Williams will begin maths challenges after half term. 
KS2 Maths Challenges
Mr Williams will begin maths challenges after half term.
Year Group Hall of Fame
NRICH Challenges
Reception: Game: Nim-7
Who will make our maths hall of fame?