Slimbridge Primary School


Maths at Slimbridge

We believe that mathematics is not only a key form of communication but also an essential part of everyday life. The skills learned in maths are critical to understanding the wider world, as well as learning in science, technology, finance, and other disciplines.

At Slimbridge Primary School, we follow the programmes of study laid out in the National Curriculum for mathematics. Each year, our students engage with defined areas of study, including number and place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, fractions, measurement, shape, and position and direction. As students progress through the school, additional areas such as statistics in Year 2, ratio and proportions in Year 6, and algebra in Year 6 are introduced. Our carefully developed curriculum ensures that skills are built upon and progress as children move through each year.

The programmes of study are organised into distinct domains, but we encourage our students to make connections across mathematical ideas through problem-solving and real-life maths opportunities. We believe that mathematics is best learned through application, and therefore, all our lessons provide time for students to use and apply their mathematical skills in practical contexts.

At Slimbridge Primary School, we prioritise the development of mathematical reasoning alongside mathematical skills. Mathematical reasoning involves critical thinking, logical analysis, and problem-solving. We encourage our students to think deeply about mathematical concepts, make connections, and justify their solutions using logical arguments.

Effective communication is a key skill in mathematics, and we emphasise the ability to talk confidently about mathematical concepts, use appropriate language, and discuss problems and solutions. Our staff models quality language and plans for opportunities for “talk partners” and small group work, fostering a collaborative and engaging learning environment. We plan our mathematics lessons using the ‘Can Do’ maths approach, which promotes mathematical reasoning and problem-solving, while ensuring that the plans are adapted to meet the needs of all children.

At Slimbridge Primary School, we also emphasise the importance of basic skills and focus on the development of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, as well as mental maths skills. We have a clear goal that every child should know their times tables by the end of Year 4. While we teach children to use technology, such as calculators, to check their work, we firmly believe that technology should not replace the development of strong fundamental skills.

We continuously assess our students’ progress through ongoing summative assessments throughout the year. This information guides our planning of appropriate development steps to support each child’s individual progress. At the end of Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, children undergo formal assessments to evaluate their mathematical achievement.

At Slimbridge Primary School, we are dedicated to providing a well-rounded and engaging mathematics education that equips our students with not only the mathematical skills and knowledge they need but also the ability to think critically, reason logically, and solve problems effectively. We believe that by nurturing mathematical reasoning alongside mathematical skills, we empower our students to become confident, resilient, and successful mathematicians in both academic and real-life contexts.

At Slimbridge Primary School, we are excited to introduce our students to the engaging and interactive world of Times Tables Rock Stars. Times Tables Rock Stars is an online platform designed to improve students’ multiplication and division fluency through fun and engaging gameplay. By immersing our students in this rock and roll-themed environment, they become enthusiastic about practicing their times tables and developing their mental arithmetic skills.

Times Tables Rock Stars offers a range of game modes and challenges that cater to different learning styles and abilities. Students can compete against their classmates, challenge themselves with timed quizzes, or even participate in global tournaments. As they progress through the levels and earn virtual rewards, they gain a sense of achievement and motivation to continue improving their times tables skills.

Using Times Tables Rock Stars not only enhances our students’ mathematical fluency but also fosters a sense of friendly competition and camaraderie within the school community. Students can compare their progress with peers, celebrate their achievements, and collaborate to improve their scores. It creates a positive and supportive learning environment that encourages students to strive for excellence.

Furthermore, Times Tables Rock Stars allows us to track and monitor each student’s progress, identifying areas where they may need additional support or challenge. This enables our teachers to provide personalised instruction and interventions, ensuring that every student receives the necessary guidance to succeed in mastering their times tables.

We believe that Times Tables Rock Stars is an invaluable tool in developing our students’ mathematical skills and boosting their confidence in numeracy. It promotes a love for learning and empowers our students to become proficient and confident mathematicians. Join us on this exciting rock and roll adventure as we rock our way to multiplication mastery!