Maths in Year 2 to 6

How and when is maths learnt?

Number lessons are 4 x per week on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 10.45-12.

Problem solving lesson is 1x per week.

Number lessons are taught using the school's long and medium term maths plan (see separate section on planning)

This will comprise 2 elements:

  • Stand up/sit down game - point to a person, ask a mental maths question, if they get it right they sit down. The answer to the question forms the first number in the next person's question.
  • Basic skills flashcards - KS2 cream, KS1 light blue

Children who have struggled with a concept in the previous day's lesson will have focused time with the teacher at the start of the next lesson. This will be done as a small group for no more than 10 minutes.

Counting forwards and backwards to and across 100 in steps of 1, 2, 3 and 4 and 10, halving and doubling facts to 20, mental addition and subtraction of amounts up to and including 20.

All adults in school will do 'on the spot' times table and number fact challenges to children as they pass them on the corridor.

Any child in KS2 who has learnt all their times tables facts (and associated division facts) will be awarded a blue star badge.

Any child in KS1 ( or Set 3 maths in KS2) who has learnt all their addition and subtraction facts for every number to 20, and has learnt all their halves and doubles will be awarded a green star badge.

Mrs. Morrison will test children on afternoons across the week in different year groups to see if anyone is up for the challenge. Children who have earnt a badge will stand up to be celebrated in Friday's assembly.

Statistics/measuring in science, exploring properties of shape in art/design (constructing a human figure using different shapes, exploring lines - straight, curved, parallel lines, compound shapes - adding shapes onto shapes, tessellation, symmetry), designing logos (rotation/symmetry), scales, finding half way points, , sequencing/algorithms in computing/PE.

What are children in Year 2-6 taught in maths?
Select the links below to view our Parent Handy Guides:
Year 2 Parent Handy Guide

Problem Solving
Once a week children are challenged to apply their skills in number, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division and fractions in order to solve problems. Children are taught to approach problems in eight different ways. The eight different problem solving strategies which the children are taught equip them with the lifelong skills of resilience and perseverance as well as deepening their fluency in number and calculations.

The eight problem solving strategies include;

  • Act it out
  • Trial and error
  • Trial by improvement
  • List or table
  • Pattern
  • Simplify
  • Working backwards
  • Algebra

At Mount Pellon we use the "Stops" problem solving educational tool to sequence the teaching of problem solving. A link to the website can be found here: Stops Problem Solving Website.