Mathematics at Eton Porny
At Eton Porny our aim is to create a learning environment that inspires a fascination for number. A child who enjoys maths from the start of their formal education is willing to explore and investigate. Those investigations are the foundations for a secure understanding of mathematics. We aim to make maths fun whilst ensuring that the children have an increasingly secure fluency with their number facts and a solid understanding of how the number system works. As part of our Cornerstones Curriculum, children are also provided with a variety of cross-curricular opportunities for applying their mathematical skills. We hope to open their minds to the possibilities found in open-ended investigations and to be able to solve real life problems with their number knowledge. They will develop resilience, an open mind and the ability to be systematic. Our maths lessons are about collaboration, investigation and understanding the processes involved, just as much as an ability to apply them therefore the children will be working on developing their reasoning skills.
From Year One, children take part in a daily Big Maths session. Big Maths is an approach to teaching number that aims to ensure that children are confidently numerate as they progress through school. It provides a rigorous and progressive structure and enables children to fully embed key skills and numeracy facts through fun and engaging lessons. It is based on 4 key elements which make up each maths lesson: CLIC.
Counting – Counting is done in many ways including counting forwards and backwards in various increments; work on place value and reading and ordering numbers.
Learn Its – Learn Its are 72 number facts which are learnt throughout the years upto Year 4. They are split across the different terms so that each class works on a few Learn Its at a time to ensure they are fully embedded. 36 are addition facts and 36 are multiplication facts; these are learnt in class and practised at home and are tested once a week.
It’s Nothing New – Children use a bank of facts and methods that they already have to solve problems and that each step of progress is very small; children will use and apply their skills and methods to a range of different situations and problems.
Calculation – This is often the main part of the maths lesson which focuses on teaching solid written and mental methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. The children move through progress drives which introduce small, focused steps of progress throughout the year.
There are two parts to Big Maths Beat That! that we use to assess all children in at the end of every week. These parts are:
- The CLIC Challenges
- The Learn Its Challenges
These are fun and engaging weekly progress checks in which children try to beat their best ever score. These Big Maths Beat That! Challenges informs class teachers and parents of the gaps in learning and shows which children have embedded a learning step.
Helping your child with Maths
We have provided some guidance on different strategies that you could use to support your child with each area of calculation (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division). There is also a progression document for each the areas of maths where you can see the end of Key Stage expectations for mathematical knowledge and understanding.
Key Stage Expectations Parents Guides