Mr A Pembleton BEd (Hons) NPQH
'Learning Together to Achieve Forever'

Maths at Wrekin View

At Wrekin View we aim for all our children to see mathematics as a vital part of everyday life. We want children to develop a confident and enthusiastic attitude towards mathematics that will stay with them throughout their education.

Children are given opportunities for:

  • Practical activities
  • Mathematical games
  • Problem solving
  • Group discussions
  • Open and closed tasks
  • A range of calculation methods
  • Using calculators and computers

How we teach calculations to your child

We have a structured progressive approach to teaching calculations at Wrekin View. Initially the children are introduced to informal methods of calculating using pictures and number lines to explain and record their work. As the children progress through the school, they are introduced to more formal methods of calculating with expanded written methods to explain and record their work. By the time our children leave Year 6 we expect them to be calculating using compact written methods.

Helping your child at home

Try to make mathematics at home as much fun as possible - games, puzzles and jigsaws are a great way to start. It's also important to show how we use mathematics skills in our everyday lives and to involve your child in this.

Identifying problems and solving them can also help your child develop mathematics skills. If you see him or her puzzling over something, talk about the problem and try to work out the solution together.

Don't shy away from mathematics if you didn’t like it at school. Try to find new ways to enjoy the subject with your child.

Tips for helping your child to enjoy mathematics:

  • Point out the different shapes to be found around your home.
  • Take your child shopping and talk about the quantities of anything you buy.
  • Let your child handle money and work out how much things cost.
  • Look together for numbers on street signs and car registration plates
  • Sing multiplication tables up to 12 x 12
  • Test each other on different ways to add or subtract to reach any number up to 20
  • Get cooking! Using scales and a cook book to measure ingredients for a cake are great maths skills.