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Maths at Southmead

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At Southmead Primary School our vision is to provide pupils with an engaging Mathematics curriculum; one which teaches pupils how to confidently communicate their ideas through fluency, problem solving and reasoning.  


All Maths lessons at Southmead will have a thematic approach, with links to problem solving in a variety of contexts, whilst all being connected to the children’s current topic picture.  Children will be given the opportunity to explore mathematical concepts in a practical, pictorial and in abstract form.  We promote a sense of wonder in the exactness of mathematics in a creative way, through the exploration of patterns, formulae, sequences and real world examples.  


Children are encouraged to self-assess and peer assess so that they think critically and learn how to evaluate their own work and others’ work, and offer constructive feedback.  We recognise the importance of promoting self-esteem and building self-confidence so we encourage children to share their ideas by thinking logically and critically and welcome mistakes so that they can understand content in a rational way.


“There’s a giant bean stalk in Nursery classroom!” Through the story of Jack and the bean stalk, the children have been using the enormous stalk to learn to count to ten.  Reception have also been learning to make sense of number through stories: One is a snail, ten is a crab, Goldilocks, Jack and the bean stalk and Rapunzel.  Children are learning to identify and make connections between number, objects and counting.


Year 1 have been learning measuring life skills over the past two weeks and have been making sense of vocabulary which we can use to compare and order lengths.  Year 2 have been learning how to find simple fractions of amounts: they have been making sense of ‘sharing’ and ‘grouping’. Year 2 have been working hard to find half of given amounts.  They have been working practically and now pictorially in their books!

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Spotlight on EYFS and KS1

Spotlight on KS2


Years 4, 5 and 6 have been enjoying making connections between fractions, decimals and percentages.  Children have been discovering how this vital element of Maths can help them with their future employment and with the practicalities of every day life!  “I now know how to calculate a discounted price in a shop!” (Troy- Year 5) Hanifa in Y6 expressed that she was now able to confidently make links with ‘part, part, whole’ elements of Maths to help her solve a wider range of problems!  


Year 3 have been working with money and how to calculate how much change they should receive in shops and what they can afford to buy with the money they have.  We have also seen an increase in children’s confidence with their times tables knowledge and application when solving problems.  Children have been enjoying using Times Tables Rock Stars to increase speed and fluency of their times tables.  We are hugely proud of all our Times Tables Rock Stars!



Times Tables Rock Stars!

Children from Year 1 -6 have been embracing their inner Rock Star selves with the introduction of Times Tables Rock Stars at Southmead!  The children are embracing and enjoying applying their times tables knowledge with this exciting new software and as a result we are seeing a huge impact across the school!  Children’s confidence has increased, tests results have improved and children are more able to quickly recall times tables facts and apply these to wider problem solving!  


Maths Competitions

Mrs Hall is incredibly proud of the Year 3 and 4 children who represented our school at the ‘More Able Maths Day’ at Our Lady Queen of Heaven: The children spoke confidently about the activities they took part in and spoke about how they learnt about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).  This is an element of learning we want our children to excel in to provide wider opportunities for employment as they grow older.  We are planning inter times tables competitions within our school and against other schools in the Summer Term – watch this space.


Parent Workshops

Mrs Hall would like to say a huge thank you to all the parents who attended Times Tables workshops in January and February!  These workshops were a massive success and we’ve had such positive feedback about how the workshops have been helpful for parents supporting their children’s times tables practice at home.  Please look out for more workshops happening in the Summer Term!

Please click here to see our Times Table Workshop guidance for Parents (held this January 2019)



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Here we have some of our amazing ‘Working Walls’ from KS2: they are interactive so that the children can contribute to their learning.  They are also able to access resources independently.  Children complete mastery and times tables challenges!  

After working practically with cubes to identify ratio and proportion, year 6 are now able to use bar models in their books to represent this in a more pictorial way to help them solve a range of problems!

Click here to read how maths at Southmead contributes to children's development in SMSC.

Click here to see further Times Table Online Games, recommended by Mrs Hall herself!

Click here for Times Tables support and ideas for Parents and Carers!

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The Year 3 and 4 More Able Maths Day challenged some of our mathematicians to solving problems in a variety of contexts!

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Collaborative challenges!