Maths

Mathematics introduces children to concepts, skills and thinking strategies that are essential in everyday life and support learning across the curriculum. It helps children make sense of the numbers, patterns and shapes they see in the world around them, offers ways of handling data in an increasingly digital world and makes a crucial contribution to their development as successful learners.

At Delaware Primary Academy we believe mathematics equips pupils with a powerful set of tools to understand the world including logical reasoning and problem solving skills. Mathematics is important in everyday life and we endeavour to ensure that children develop a  enthusiastic attitude towards mathematics that will stay with them for life. 

Our aim is that every child leaves Delaware Primary with a secure understanding of maths. We are currently embedding a ‘Mastery Maths’ approach where pupils work on fluency in maths alongside reasoning and problem solving skills. We use White Rose planning as a basis to achieve this and differentiate this to meet the needs of individual pupils.

As a school, we look to keep up-to-date with the latest research and pedagogy in the teaching of maths and are part of a ‘Sustaining Mastery’ workgroup linked to the Cornwall and Devon Maths Hub. Our early years classes are also taking part in the NCETM 'Mastering Number' programme which aims to develop fluency and automaticity in key number fact recall. 

Our pupils work extremely hard to become competent mathematicians. They use lots of concrete resources (such as number squares, number beads and base 10 equipment) and visual models until they are ready to move onto more abstract maths. We aspire to ensure our pupils develop fluency in basic maths skills to enable them to work efficiently on reasoning and problem solving work. 



Take a look at the ‘Mathematics in Bridge Schools’ document below for more information on our approach to the teaching and learning of maths. 



Delaware and Gunnislake Key Instant Recall Facts (KIRFs
)

 Information for Parents

 

KIRFs (Key Instant Recall Facts) are designed to support the development of the mental skills that underpin much of the maths work in schools. They are particularly useful when calculating, be it adding, subtracting, multiplying or dividing. 

 

An important part of maths development has always been rote learning of certain maths facts. For many years this has included practising times tables and addition facts, such as numberbonds and doubles. Each half term children will be assessed on Key Instant Recall Facts (KIRFs) that will be taught in school but also need to be practised at home as well.

It is important that they know these facts thoroughly and can recall them instantly. Whilst children have a wide range of abilities in mathematics, the KIRFs are designed to be a set of facts that need to be learnt thoroughly as they build on each other year on year. Again, we stress that the children must aim to know their KIRFs inside out, back to front and with instant recall. 

 

We strongly encourage you to engage with your children in the learning of their KIRFs and find fun and practical ways to do this. There are many online tools that you can use

 

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/daily10

 

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

 

Children should undertake these regularly as part of homework. You might find that your child may need to work on some of the KIRFs from the previous year as they may not be secure in those yet. 

 

We know that, by internalising these key facts which have been carefully structured to build upon each other term by term, year by year, children will leave Delaware and  Gunnislake with a much stronger foundation of mathematical understanding to build upon. 

 

We hope that you enjoy working alongside your children with this mathematics work. Should you have any questions about the KIRFs programme, please do not hesitate to contact the school.

 

  

Documents

View the following documents within your web browser or download to read later

Delaware and Gunnislake Key Instant Recall FactsYear 2 Autumn Term 1.docx
Delaware and Gunnislake Key Instant Recall FactsYear 2 Autumn Term 1.docx
Delaware and Gunnislake Key Instant Recall Facts Nursery Autumn Term 1 and 2.docx
Delaware and Gunnislake Key Instant Recall Facts Nursery Autumn Term 1 and 2.docx
Delaware and Gunnislake Key Instant Recall Facts Reception Autumn Term 1.docx
Delaware and Gunnislake Key Instant Recall Facts Reception Autumn Term 1.docx
Delaware and Gunnislake Key Instant Recall Facts Reception Autumn Term 2.docx
Delaware and Gunnislake Key Instant Recall Facts Reception Autumn Term 2.docx
Delaware and Gunnislake Key Instant Recall Facts Y1 Autumn 1.docx
Delaware and Gunnislake Key Instant Recall Facts Y1 Autumn 1.docx
Delaware and Gunnislake Key Instant Recall Facts Year 1 Autumn Term 1 .docx
Delaware and Gunnislake Key Instant Recall Facts Year 1 Autumn Term 1 .docx
Delaware and Gunnislake Key Instant Recall Facts Year 1 Autumn Term 2.docx
Delaware and Gunnislake Key Instant Recall Facts Year 1 Autumn Term 2.docx
Delaware and Gunnislake Key Instant Recall Facts Year 2 Autumn Term 1b.docx
Delaware and Gunnislake Key Instant Recall Facts Year 2 Autumn Term 1b.docx
Delaware and Gunnislake Key Instant Recall Facts Year 2 Autumn Term 2.docx
Delaware and Gunnislake Key Instant Recall Facts Year 2 Autumn Term 2.docx
Delaware and Gunnislake Key Instant Recall Facts Year 3 Autumn Term 1.docx
Delaware and Gunnislake Key Instant Recall Facts Year 3 Autumn Term 1.docx

 

 

Delaware and Gunnislake Key Instant Recall Facts Year 3 Autumn Term 2.docx
Delaware and Gunnislake Key Instant Recall Facts Year 3 Autumn Term 2.docx
Delaware and Gunnislake Key Instant Recall Facts Year 4 Autumn Term 1.docx
Delaware and Gunnislake Key Instant Recall Facts Year 4 Autumn Term 1.docx
Delaware and Gunnislake Key Instant Recall Facts Year 4 Autumn Term 2.docx
Delaware and Gunnislake Key Instant Recall Facts Year 4 Autumn Term 2.docx
Delaware and Gunnislake Key Instant Recall Facts Year 5 Autumn Term 1.docx
Delaware and Gunnislake Key Instant Recall Facts Year 5 Autumn Term 1.docx
Delaware and Gunnislake Key Instant Recall Facts Year 5 Autumn Term 2.docx
Delaware and Gunnislake Key Instant Recall Facts Year 5 Autumn Term 2.docx
Delaware and Gunnislake Key Instant Recall Facts Year 6 Autumn Term 1.docx
Delaware and Gunnislake Key Instant Recall Facts Year 6 Autumn Term 1.docx
Delaware and Gunnislake Key Instant Recall Facts Year 6 Autumn Term 2.docx
Delaware and Gunnislake Key Instant Recall Facts Year 6 Autumn Term 2.docx
Mathematics in Bridge Schools.docx
Mathematics in Bridge Schools.docx

 

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