Maths No Problem
“It is better to solve one problem five different ways, than to solve five problems one way.”
– George Polya
Maths At Clapgate
At Clapgate we want our children to become life-long mathematicians and confident problem-solvers. We use a mastery-style teaching approach supported by the Maths No Problem scheme of work. Each lesson features pair work, independent work and a great deal of discussion, often supported by the use of stem sentences. Children use maths equipment such as dienes, place value counters, ten frames and place value charts to support them in their learning. Pictorial representations are also integral to each lesson to help the children to understand the concepts they are being taught.. Every lesson starts with a contextual story that the children explore and unpick with their partners. Children work in mixed ability pairs and all children access the same activity (where appropriate).
Maths is interesting, engaging and challenging!
The link below will take you to the National Curriculum for Mathematics:
For further information about the principles of maths mastery, see below:
There are some excellent videos on the following website that give an insight into how maths is taught using the Maths No Problem scheme of work:
Scroll down to the bottom of the page on the following website to watch videos that inform you about some of the basics in maths mastery:
Wondering what number bonds are and how you can help your child? Look at the website below to find out more:
Times Tables and Number Facts
Knowing times tables and number facts are key to helping children to become confident and fluent in solving maths problems. Children are expected to know times tables to 12×12 by the end of year 4.
We subscribe to the Times Tables Rock Stars website (KS2) and to Numbots (KS1) so that children can regularly practise these important elements of maths. These are fun, interactive platforms which allow the children to progress. They also get to create an avatar!
Children have log in details for these websites and are able to access them in school and at home. You can visit the websites above or both also have apps.
Below are some links to letters which explain the different levels that the children can play on each program and how they can progress.
Year 4 Multiplication Check
In 2019, the Year 4 multiplication tables check was introduced. This has been cancelled for 2021 but we expect it will be taking place again in 2022. The children will need to take a short online test to make sure their times tables knowledge is at the expected level. The MTC will be delivered as an online, on-screen digital assessment and will take each pupil less than 5 minutes to complete.
We’ve gathered together everything you might want to know about the times tables check in the below letter. This includes why it is happening, what it involves and how you can help your child prepare for when they are in year 4.
You may have heard the children singing their times tables to a catchy tune. Songs are a great way to remember your times tables. This is why Clapgate pupils have been learning the rolling numbers. These are easy to remember tunes which require the children to count using their fingers. Below you will find the when each times tables are introduced for each year group as well as links to all the songs performed by Miss Jones.
Year 2: 10, 5 & 2 times tables
Year 3: 3, 4 & 8 times tables
Year 4: 6, 7, 9, 11 & 12 times tables