At Downe Manor Primary School, we view Mathematics as being essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering and necessary in most forms of employment. We, therefore, provide a high-quality Mathematics education that gives children an understanding of the world, the ability to reason mathematically, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
A large part of the time that children are in school is spent on mathematical activities. These activities are concerned with fulfilling and extending the requirements of the National Curriculum (2014). All work is differentiated in order to give appropriate levels of work and children are taught in ability groups in Year 6.
The class teacher takes responsibility for working with every child at least once a week, either individually or as part of a group. Planning is based on the new National Curriculum (2014). Programmes of Study should inform medium term plans and subsequently weekly planning. The ‘Essentials’ Curriculum Learning Objectives should be used together with National Curriculum (2014) objectives to compose appropriate learning focussed lessons. Class teachers are responsible for the relevant provision of their own classes and develop weekly plans which give details of learning objectives and appropriate differentiated activities. Although planned in advance, they are adjusted on a daily basis or when necessary to better suit the arising needs of a class and individual pupils.
To summarise, it is therefore our aim at Downe Manor Primary School to develop:
• a positive and confident attitude towards Mathematics, both as a subject as well as recognising the cross curricular links with other subjects
• competence with numbers and the number system
• enjoyment and enthusiasm for learning through practical activities, investigations and discussion
• skills through the exploration of shape, position and movement, money, time, measure, data handling and problem solving in a range of contexts
• the use of mathematics as a tool for life to solve problems
• an ability to communicate mathematical methods and strategies and to use mathematical language appropriately
• lively, engaging and challenging mathematical lessons or activities with opportunities for children to use their initiative and to work both independently and cooperatively.
This year we have introduced a new mental maths project across the school called ‘Maths Passport’. This starts in Reception and works all the way up to year 6. They are a personalized way of learning number facts as the children are challenged at an appropriate level for them. They progress at their own speed and move onto the next passport when they have been tested by their teachers and achieved all their targets. Children should practice their targets at home for at around 10 minutes a day. This can be done anywhere at any time through simply talking to your child as the targets are based on the children knowing mental maths by heart. On this page, you will find explanation booklets for each passport and useful games.
How it works
Please see explanation booklets for each passport by following the links below:
3.2 South Africa
6. North America
7. South America
Below are also some useful websites for the different areas the Maths Passport targets cover:
Africa / South Africa
Australasia / Antarctica
North America / South America
If you would like to find out more about our school curriculum, please see the class teacher or Mrs Morgan