At Ringwood Junior School we are committed to ensuring that all children experience the full richness of an exciting, varied Mathematics curriculum that enables them to develop their ability to work co-operatively, communicate clearly and solve problems effectively.
The New National Curriculum for Mathematics is used to support our teaching and learning. This gives detailed aims for the teaching and learning of maths, which is taught during a daily maths lesson, for all pupils. The children are set across the school.
We believe that Mathematics should be taught in a real life context, linking language, pictures and symbols to support children’s learning. The classroom environment is rich with displays and resources to support this.
Children are regularly assessed though formal and informal means and this is reported to parents during consultation meetings and at the end of the year.
Ringwood Junior School children take part in a weekly Multiplication/Division Challenge, where they are supported with their understanding of Multiplication and Division facts. They have the opportunity to earn sticker that can then be converted in to certificates-
Purple Level – 2, 5 and 10 Multiplication facts
Green Level - 2, 5 and 10 Multiplication and division facts
Blue Level -3, 6, 4, 8 Multiplication and division facts
Red Level – 7, 9 Multiplication and division facts
Orange Level – 11, 12 Multiplication and division facts plus decimal numbers.
As part of a project lead by the Mathematics Leader we have a dedicated Numbers Count Room where children who need extra support with their mathematical understanding can have one to one support.
We have developed our own school ‘progression in calculations’ which is a guide for both teachers and parents. It shows the type of calculations children may be using and the knowledge and skill which leads to that method.
Numbers Count is a highly effective intervention. It is delivered by the Mathematics Leader Lola Illes to children who find mathematics extremely difficult and may not reach Level 3 at the end of Key Stage 2. It helps them to get back on track and catch up with their peers.
Every child has a programme of at least 40 half hour Numbers Count lessons over 3 or 4 months, while continuing to take part in their normal class mathematics lessons .
Lessons take place in the new Numbers Count room where children can use a wide variety of resources. The programme begins by making a detailed diagnostic assessment of what each child knows, using the Sandwell Test and up to seven diagnostic lessons. An individualised programme is then planned to help each one to move forward. Lessons focus on number and calculation, follow a set routine and are rigorous and active. The aim to help each child to become numerate and confident, to enjoy actively learning mathematics and to develop the skills and positive attitudes needed to continue to make good progress in normal class mathematics lessons after completing Numbers Count.
Mrs Illes receives intensive training and support for 2 terms from a local ECC Teacher Leader, and ongoing support thereafter. While being trained, she normally teaches 4 children individually per term, every morning or afternoon. She liaises closely with the child’s class teacher to share information about and plan together for the child’s progress, and she sets regular homework and meets parents to discuss how they can support their children’s learning at home.
Times Tables Challenges
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Ringwood Junior School believes in joined up learning. In computing, pupils programme a Maths Quiz in Year 4, In Year 5 they create a Counting Machine and you can see a sample of their work here and in Year 6 they often create a times tables game.