At Langdon Academy we believe that we are all mathematicians. We draw upon relevant and efficient mental, written calculations and informal recordings (jottings) to help us with solving problems and investigations as well as talking about maths and explaining our thinking both orally and written (journaling).
Our children become mathematicians by building on a sound conceptual knowledge of place value, children develop fluent recall of number bonds in Key Stage 1 and rapid recall of times tables up to 12 by the end of year 4. To achieve fluency, children use the 99 club (our mental maths programme) and Mathletics (our online homework tool) which challenges them to master number bonds, multiplication facts, associated division facts and to apply this knowledge to solve problems in different contexts. Our children leave the primary phase as resilient problem solvers with the ability to explain their reasoning.
To access mathletics please clink on this link: MATHLETICS LOGIN
Children are given rich experiences using practical resources to give concrete representations of mathematical concepts. We then focus on the use of varied visual representations such as the bar and whole/part models. This helps us to support children to move to an abstract understanding embedding depth in conceptual understanding as well as procedural fluency. Our learning-teaching approach is step-by-step and spirals upwards towards ‘mastery’ where the focus is on creating as many relationships and links between skills and concepts – promoting greater depth of understanding.
We use Maths No Problem, a scheme of work based on the highly successful Singaporean approach to mathematics. This approach is geared towards ensuring children gain mastery in maths and develop good number sense. Children will spend more time, exploring each topic, reinforcing it with ample practice, before moving onto the next one. All ideas are built on top of previous knowledge and children are given multiple opportunities to develop relationships between topics. Children are encouraged to work collaboratively and take risks in a safe yet challenging learning environment. Language skills are developed through class discussion and use of explanation whilst journaling.
Below are links to parent videos that can provide further information on Maths No Problem.