Our vision: Learning together we will all be exceptional mathematicians!
At Sunnyhill, we want our pupils to be confident, competent and successful mathematicians who achieve fluency and have an ability to solve problems and think logically through all aspects of the curriculum.
We want our pupils to:
- have developed a positive attitude towards maths through enjoyable and successful experiences;
- gain competence and confidence in applying mathematical knowledge, concepts and skills to other areas of the curriculum;
- be encouraged to apply logical and systematic thinking in maths as a tool to solving problems, investigations and real life experiences;
- be effective maths contributors where pupils ask and answer questions, share their work and justify their ideas.
How maths is taught at Sunnyhill:
At Sunnyhill, we use the White Rose Maths scheme of learning from Early Years to Year 6. White Rose is designed to give sufficient time for maths topics to be explored and concepts to be understood in depth. We believe this practice and consolidation helps children to grasp the links between topics. We use flashbacks which support children’s recall of previously learnt topics by revising something the children learned in the previous lesson, last week and last month or year.
We believe that young children achieve a much deeper understanding if they are able to use physical and visual aids to help build their understanding of abstract mathematical concepts. By building these steps, children are more confident at interpreting the relationships between numbers and the real word.
This stage allows children to use physical objects such as counters, cubes, place value counters and diennes to represent and solve problems.
This stage encourages children to make the connections between physical objects and pictures, diagrams or models to represent the objects from the problem.
Once a child has demonstrated that they have a solid understanding of the concrete and pictorial representations of the problem, children can be introduced to abstract concepts. This stage allows pupils to use numbers and symbols to solve problems.
Maths Working Walls
Each classroom has a maths working wall which displays mathematical language and visuals relating to the current maths topic. Working walls also display sentence stems to provide children with the language to help students speak and discuss maths without the added pressure of thinking how to formulate a response to maths questions.
By taking learning and the classroom outside, it gives children opportunities to apply their learning in their natural environment and it helps make the maths they learn meaningful.
At Sunnyhill, we celebrate money week where we learn about financial education, focusing on teaching students the basics of money management: budgeting, saving, debt, investing, and giving.
Maths At Home
You can support your child with maths by encouraging them to talk about the maths that we see and experience in everyday situations and asking open ended questions. These experiences could be as simple as counting up prices at the supermarket, looking at the time while you wait for an appointment, cooking or even counting cars as you wait at the bus stop.
Below are some useful websites you may find useful when helping your child at home with maths:
White rose maths - https://whiterosemaths.com/for-parents/
At Sunnyhill, we use the white rose maths scheme to plan our maths lessons.
Times Table rockstars - https://ttrockstars.com/
Pupils from Y2-Y6 have an account where they can practise and improve their speed and recall with multiplication and division facts to gain coins and a higher rock star status.
Bitesize - https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize
BBC bitesize is a useful website for videos and activities for all ages
Topmarks - https://www.topmarks.co.uk/
Lots of fun interactive games to play
Maths Dictionary for Parents - https://thirdspacelearning.com/blog/primary-maths-dictionary/
This A-Z online maths glossary includes some of the key words and phrases that your child will learn in school.