What we say about Maths at Minety Primary School...
"In maths there are lots of challenges and it helps me to be resilient.” Oscar
"I really enjoy it when we do investigations, as I can explore things in more detail." Cameron
"I always try my best and I have lots of things to help me, like 10s frames and counters." Thomas
"I love numbers!" Toby
"It is exciting to teach maths and to watch children begin to understand how to solve problems. There is such pleasure in watching children suddenly find something simple that once was complicated."
Mrs Madeley (Rec & KS1 Subject Leader)
“I love teaching maths, especially that moment when a child is struggling with an idea or concept, and then something suddenly clicks and it falls into place for them."
Mr Trendell (KS2 Subject Leader)
Mathematics is an important creative discipline that helps us to understand and change the world. We want all pupils at Minety C of E Primary School to experience the beauty, power and enjoyment of mathematics and develop a sense of curiosity about the subject with a clear understanding.
We are committed to creating a positive, safe and nurturing Christian environment, where all members of the school community will be respected and valued and SHINE. By SHINE in Mathematics we mean children:
- Sparkle by becoming problem solvers, who can reason, think logically, work systematically and apply their knowledge of mathematics.
- Help themselves and each other in becoming more proficient mathematicians.
- Imagine the beauty of maths and how it impacts on the world around them
- Nurture positive attitudes, fascination and excitement of discovery through the learning of mathematical concepts.
- Excel by gaining a deep, long-term, secure understanding of maths.
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At Minety Primary we use the Power Maths curriculum mastery programme designed to spark curiosity and excitement and nurture confidence in maths.
Power Maths provides an enriched approach that cleverly combines interactive teaching tools, rich and quality textbooks and practice books.
Built around a child‑centred lesson design that models and embeds a growth mindset approach to maths and focuses on helping all children to build a deep understanding of maths concepts.
We offer two after-school clubs aimed at enthusing and encouraging children with their maths. Below are the details of each club
This club takes place after-school on a Monday and is open to all children in Years 3 and 4. The club is run by MR Trendell and is aimed at helping children with their recall and fluency in times tables.
This club is run by Mrs Madeley and gives children a variety of unusual challenges and problems to solve.
Maths club have been looking at a Magic number 9 trick, making Mobius strips and number sequences. They also looked at topology - Did you know that a doughnut is a TOROID?
A fantastic well done to all the KS2 children who did fantastically well In the recent Times Table Rockstar’s competition. Out of the 4,035 schools that took part, we managed to finish 88th which put us in the top 2% of schools!
The school also placed 10th out of 334 schools from the South West area, which again was a fantastic achievement.
A big well done to everyone.
As a school, we belong to a group of local schools that work closely together. Collectively, this group is known as The Hobbes Alliance.
School staff members shared INSET opportunities and expertise through learning book moderations and joint projects to help enhance the provision we provide for our children in numeracy
Times Table Rockstars
We believe that the learning of times tables is vital in helping children to become better mathematicians. One of the ways we encourage children to improve their recall and understanding of times tables is through Times Table Rockstars (TTRS) . We love TTRS at Minety school and you'll regularly see us taking part in 'Battles', whether they be Class vs Class, Boys vs Girls or us against other schools in the UK.
KS2 Battle of the Bands
The first TTRS Battle of the Bands took place in Term 1 and it was ... Girls Vs Boys!
Below are the results.
Well done to all the KS2 children who did fantastically well In the recent Times Table Rockstar’s competition. Out of the 2,382 schools that took part, we managed to finish 77th which put us in the top 3% of schools!
The school also placed an even more impressive 4th out of 176 local schools from the South West area, which again was a fantastic achievement.
We use Mathletics both in the classroom and at home as a tool to support learning through fun interactive games, activities and challenges. Every child has access to this learning platform and is another tool we use to help continue to keep our children engaged in their maths.
Whole School Maths Investigations
At Minety we love investigating and going deeper with our maths. Each term the whole school take part in a maths investigation. .
Maths can be seen and experienced everywhere and recently the whole school took part in outdoor maths lessons. Here are some photos of the learning that took place...
Class 2 have been learning about number doubles using dice, dinosaurs, bears and our white boards and pens.
Class 4 have been using outdoor materials to represent multiplication. They had to decide their own criteria (number of leaves or parts of leaves). (Some children represented additions).
What else have we been up to..?
Using games and resources to investigate in Maths.
The children have been busy using manipulatives to help them subtract 3-digit numbers from 3-digit numbers with exchanging.
Class 5 have had a practical lesson on rounding to the nearest 10.
Maths games on rounding to nearest tenth.
Class 5 have been doing outdoor maths – making balance equations with natural materials to represent numbers.
Class 2 have been learning about the part whole model. We drew part whole models outside and made our number sentences, using chalk, counting bears, number squares and dinosaurs.
Using counters to investigate factors
Using physical resources to support work on negative numbers ( number lines) and bonds to 20 with SEN (numicon) year 4 children.
Class 3 have been using number cubes and other manipulatives to help with their problem solving in maths.
Class 5 have been looking at nets of cubes.
Using resources to find fractions of a number.
The class were set the task of creating their own Venn or Carroll diagrams to sort everyday items from outside.
In pairs they discussed and agreed on their sorting criteria and then labelled their diagrams. They then went outside and set to work finding different objects that would populate their diagrams and placed them in the correct place on their Venn or Carroll diagram.
Using cubes to investigate square and cube numbers.
Year 4 & 5 using maths games to recall times tables.
Class 5 have been participating in Maths games.