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Mathematics at Loughborough

Mathematics introduces children to concepts, skills and thinking strategies that are essential in everyday life and support learning across the curriculum. It helps children make sense of the numbers, patterns and shapes they see in the world around them, offers ways of handling data in an increasingly digital world and makes a crucial contribution to their development as successful learners.

At Loughborough Primary school, this is how we teach and encourage Maths;

Nursery

Children learn maths skills through hands-on active learning. We use nursery rhymes and traditional tales to embed number and maths concepts such as size. We also have three story group sessions a day which include counting games and songs. There are numbers and shapes in all areas of the nursery and lots of opportunities for independent counting sorting and matching. The children especially like using natural objects to practise and develop their mathematical skills.

Reception

Children have a daily 20 minute maths carpet session, which often includes counting and rhymes as a starter. Once a week a focused activity is maths based. Stories are often used to help children with different maths concepts such as number, addition and subtraction. There are numbers, shapes and counting equipment available for children to access in their free play in the outdoor and indoor learning areas, areas providing lots of opportunities for independent counting sorting and matching.

In the Spring term children in reception will spend 5 weeks taking part in a weekly maths session with:

Active Learners in Numeracy - This encourages children to use maths skills to help them complete and take part in physical activities such as completing an obstacle course.

Years one to six

Children take part in a daily maths lesson. Children are encouraged to try problem solving and puzzles to build on and apply the skills that they are learning.

Please feel free to look at our calculation policy for more information on the methods the children are learning.

Big Maths

Alongside the daily maths lesson children from years 1 to 6 also take part in a daily 20 minute Big Maths lesson.

This is a teaching programme used at Loughborough to help children to become numerate. Problem solving and word problems cannot be solved until children can manipulate and understand how numbers work.

Big Maths lessons are fast, fun and furious. Children work on whiteboards and ‘flash’ answers to their teachers and the pace of the lesson is quite exhausting. We need to pass on the pressure to work at pace and have maths facts instantly available.

To make this happen children are asked to learn “learn its” number facts by heart. All children are given their “learn its” to take home by their teacher.

Children are given two challenges each week to test their 'learn its' and what they have been learning in class in Big Maths. The children who have the most improved scores each week receive certificates in our Friday achievement assembly and their photo on our Big Maths display boards. See the 'learn-Its' here

If you would like to learn more about how big Maths works, please read our parents guide. [Click here]

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Below you can find details of the policies we use to guide our maths teaching across the entire school.

Click on one to find out more

Addition Subtraction Multiplication Division