Maths at Barnham
At Barnham, we want all our children to be confident with their ability to reason within Maths which; in turn, will allow them to embrace and enjoy the subject. To achieve this, all teachers follow White Rose Hub. This scheme is part of our Maths curriculum and it provides children with enriched opportunities to develop their varied fluency, reasoning, and most importantly, problem solving. Furthermore, our newly designed calculation policy coincides with White Rose Hub; this allows all the children to demonstrate their learning of the objectives using a concrete, pictorial and abstract approach. As a result of this, there is always an opportunity to over-learn a skill, enabling the children to apply it in several different ways. After all, our aim is for all children to embed, retain and reuse knowledge from all previous year groups.
As well as adopting this scheme, the children are always provided with opportunities to visit our local farm at Euston, whereby they can use Maths in 'real life situations'. As a result, children truly understand the meaning behind the subject because we are giving them purposeful situations to embrace and showcase their newly learnt skills.
STEM Festival hosted by Thurston Community College
Today, Otters have been fortunate enough to attend a STEM festival at Thurston Community College, led by amazing Year 10 Thurston pupils. The children had the opportunity to take part in solving a carousel of Mastery Maths problems; these problems were very tricky but the children tackled them with determination and resilience. I am one very proud teacher.
Monday 27th January 2020: KS2 Teacher Training
On Monday, all KS2 teachers attended a CASSA (Cambridge and Suffolk Schools Alliance) course at Beyton. On the training the teachers learnt about: complexity of questions in the KS2 SATs; a range of Maths games that can challenge children's mathematical thinking and reasoning and how to use the bar model to help us understand how to solve a problem. Myself, and all KS2 teachers are so excited to use some of their new knowledge and ideas in their Maths lessons!
Purposeful Maths: Fakenham Racecourse
Year 5 and 6 absolutely loved our trip to Fakenham Racecourse today; this amazing opportunity exposed the children to real life, purposeful Maths. Each child measured the perimeter of the parade ring, with varying answers, the children found the mean, median and mode. This information, along with the length of a racehorse and the length of a safe distance between each racehorse, allowed the children to determine how many racehorses can fit in the parade ring at once!
In addition to this, the children went into the weighing room where they observed the use of the scales that measures the jockeys, then, they used imperial measurements to weigh themselves.
Purposeful Maths: Which field should Mr Hawthorne harvest first?
Today, Otters had to investigate the yield of sugar beet on 8 different fields in Euston. We had to go to a field, dig up 10 sugar beet and weigh them all to find the total weight. The field that had the largest weight of sugar beet is the field that needs to be harvested first!
The children used column addition to find the total weight on each field; they rounded the total weight to the nearest kg; they placed the weights of sugar beet in descending order and then created a bar graph to represent the results!