# Supporting your child with number fluency. A guide for Parents and Carers

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1 Supporting your child with number fluency A guide for Parents and Carers

2 Aims for today To look at some of the changes to maths under the new curriculum. To understand what we mean by number fluency. To tell you about what we are doing in school to help develop number fluency. To look at some ways in which you can support your child at home.

3 THE NEW CURRICULUM

4 The new national curriculum Became statutory for all children except Y2 and Y6 in September. Introduced at GO nearly a year ago. Y2 and Y6 exempt as they will be tested on the old curriculum. Current Y5 will be the first year where the SATs tests are based on the new curriculum.

5 The main changes Higher expectations overall. Greater emphasis on arithmetic, including both written and mental calculations. Five-year-olds will be expected to learn to count up to 100 (compared to 20 under the current curriculum) and learn number bonds to 20 (currently up to 10). Simple fractions (1/4 and 1/2) will be taught from KS1, and by the end of primary school, children should be able to convert decimal fractions to simple fractions (e.g = 3/8). By the age of nine, children will be expected to know times tables up to 12x12 (currently 10x10 by the end of primary school).

6 A mastery curriculum The expectation is that the majority of pupils will move through the programmes of study at broadly the same pace. However, decisions about when to progress should always be based on the security of pupils understanding and their readiness to progress to the next stage. Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly should be challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content. Those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material should consolidate their understanding, including through additional practice, before moving on.

7 Changes to KS2 tests In 2016, tests will be based on the new curriculum. There is no longer a calculator paper (change made in 2014). There will not be a mental maths paper. Paper 1 arithmetic (30 minutes and 30 marks). Paper 2 & 3 mathematical fluency, solving problems and reasoning (40 minutes and 40 marks per paper).

8 Purpose of study Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.

9 Aims The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils: become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.

10 Aims The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils: reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.

11 Aims The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils: can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and nonroutine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

12 NUMBER FLUENCY

13 Number fluency Number fluency and mental maths is our main focus this year. We feel confident with the ability of the children to reason mathematically and to solve problems. We feel that an increase in number fluency will help all children to make more progress in maths. There are a number of new initiatives which we have introduced to help support children.

14 Number fluency Three key goals efficiency, accuracy and flexibility. Efficiency children have strategies that they understand, that don t have too many steps, where they can keep track of their working etc. Accuracy children can record carefully, use known facts correctly and check their answers. Flexibility children can choose appropriate skills and strategies to solve problems.

15 WHAT ARE WE DOING IN SCHOOL?

16 New calculation policies As already mentioned, we have updated our written calculation policy so it is in line with the demands of the new curriculum. The methods remain the same but there are increased expectations for each year group. By Year 6, children should be using compact methods. We are also writing a mental calculations policy so children are clear about the strategies they should learn at each stage. Both documents will be available on the school website soon.

17 Increasing our use of resources Children are using Numicon across the school to help make links between concrete and abstract ideas.

18 Increasing our use of resources Children are also using bead strings which are another way of giving children a visual picture of the number system. They can be used in many different areas of maths.

19 Daily mental maths practice KS1 are doing more mental maths practice, including mental maths tests. All children in KS2 have their own mental maths practice books. They work on these independently each day and have a marking session at the end of the week.

20 Daily mental maths practice

21 Daily mental maths practice

22 Daily mental maths practice

23 New mental maths competition New competition for Y1-6 after half term. Will test all areas of mental maths, not just times tables. Challenges set a week in advance will be on website. Challenge card stickers each time they get 10/10. Challenge

24 WHAT CAN YOU DO AT HOME?

25 Your support is vital! Any time that you can spend supporting your child with their maths will have a big impact. Help them to practise for the maths competition. Ask your children to explain or demonstrate what they have been learning in school. Ask them to talk to you about their mental maths books. Encourage them to see maths as something that anyone can be good at!

26 Number fluency booklet Sets out some key facts that children can learn. Fluency is about much more than memorisation but this will give them a bank of facts to draw upon. Set out by year group but children should move through it at their own pace. Also includes suggested activities, games, resources, apps and websites.

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32 Other maths support There are various websites aimed at helping parents to support their children s learning in maths. Oxford Owl has games, activities and a jargon buster - National Numeracy Parent Toolkit has tips and advice for different age groups -

33 Feedback Thank you for coming to today s session! Your support makes a huge difference. Please fill in the comment slips on your table before you leave. We would welcome feedback on today s session and any ideas for future parent workshops.

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