St Barnabas & St Philip's CofE School

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Maths at our School

Maths at St Barnabas and St Philip’s

Mathematics is a core subject within the National Curriculum and a key life skill. It is essential in everything we construct, everything we calculate and almost every problem which we have to solve in our daily lives.  This is reflected in school where the use of mathematical knowledge, skills and understanding is required in all areas of the curriculum. 

Our main aim is that all our pupils will develop a positive attitude to mathematics and learn to use it with confidence, understanding and pleasure.

The attached calculations policy outlines the strategies we use in class to teach the four operations (+ - x and ÷) at different stage throughout the school.

The useful maths advice for parents section on the parents’ page also provides some valuable information about how Maths is taught in school.   

 

My Day at the Primary Maths Challenge held on 29/4/16                      

     Last week, Ella, Rupert, Leon and I went to Colet Court to take part in the Primary Maths Challenge. We worked as pairs (Ella and I, Rupert and Leon) and competed against other pairs from over 10 schools to try and achieve the gold, silver or bronze medal.

   Every pair started with a cross number, which is a crossword but using numbers. Ella and I found this very hard so therefore couldn’t complete it. The main questions totalled 25, and were word problems. There was one sheet of paper per question, which meant that we had plenty of space to calculate on.

     If you get the answer wrong, your marker (person who marks your questions) will bring the same question back. Then you must try again. If you get it right this time, you will get 5 points. First time is 10 points but if you miss two times in a row, you get a ZERO. Ella and I managed to do 17 questions out of 25. We thought that this wasn’t enough to get even bronze, but we were soon proved wrong.

    The test finished after what seemed like an intense few hours. For all our hard work, everyone was rewarded with a yummy Kit-Kat and a healthy carton of orange juice.

   After we had settled, the head master of Colet Court and the presenter of the awards stepped onto the shiny, wooden stage. The hall became completely silent. It was time to announce the overall results. My heart was beating like a drum, and I started breathing faster. The head teacher went slowly from the bronze medallists. I was focusing intently on the headmaster’s words.

    There were four bronze-medallist pairs, three silver and only one winning pair gets the gold. It was up to the silvers. One pair was called. There was a pause. I could hear my heart pounding in my chest. The next silver prize went to another pair.

    Then the head teacher said, “St. Barnabas & St. Philip’s girls’ pair.” I rubbed my eyes. Ella and I were surrounded by applause, Ms Murray gave us a thumbs-up, and Leon and Rupert looked very happy for us. When we were awarded with the medals, I felt really proud and was overwhelmed, but most of all, extremely happy! Everyone was also given a limited edition pencil with ‘Colet Court’ written on it.

   I couldn’t wait until school. I felt like I needed to tell everyone in the world. At home, I did a little victory dance.

   I learned a lot from participating in the competition and I also enjoyed the teamwork that I did with my friend. It was an extraordinary experience and I hope very much that many other people will be able to participate in this Maths Challenge in the future!           

   By Yuma (Yr5)