Maths

On this page, you will find relevant information about the Maths Curriculum at St Matthew's.
 
Maths Mastery

The concept of teaching mathematics to mastery is to ensure that topics are well developed. Pupils will spend enough time to fully explore a concept before moving on to a different topic. As ideas are well formed they are reinforced by ample practice. New knowledge is then used on subsequent lessons so that all ideas build on top of each other and pupils have ample opportunity to develop relationships between the topics. Ideas are revisited in a spiral as pupils progress through the years, each time at a higher level. Singapore Maths is a primary school programme which is fully aligned to the new National Curriculum. Our school has adopted the Singapore curriculum in Years 1 to 6.
TT Rockstars

Children should be taking regular visits to the TT Rockstars website. They all have individual logins and codes from Year 2 onwards.
Singapore Maths

'Maths – No Problem!'

In St Matthew’s we believe that every child can master an understanding and love of maths with the right kind of teaching and support. Our mission is to further improve our standard of maths education by providing high-quality textbooks, teaching resources and professional development based on the transformational teaching methods developed in Singapore. These methods emphasise the consistent use of visual representation to aid conceptual understanding. For instance, ‘bar models’ are used to represent the relative sizes of quantities and fractional parts.
 
What is Singapore Maths?
 
Students can under-perform in mathematics because occasionally they might find it boring or they can't remember all the rules. The Singapore method of teaching mathematics develops pupils' mathematical ability and confidence without having to resort to memorising procedures to pass tests - making mathematics more engaging and interesting. Ofsted, the National Centre for Teaching Mathematics (NCETM), the Department for Education, and the National Curriculum Review Committee have all emphasised the methods of teaching used by Singapore, which can enable a person to discover or learn something for themselves.
 
Features of Singapore Maths
 
  • An emphasis on problem solving and comprehension, allowing students to relate what they learn and to connect knowledge.
  • Careful scaffolding of core abilities of problems as images, as a platform for comprehension.
  • Mental strategies, to develop decision-making abilities and recognising patterns, to support the ability to make connections and generalise.
  • Emphasis on the foundations for learning and not on the content itself so students learn to think mathematically as opposed to merely reciting formulas or procedures.
Useful Resources
Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
Year 4
Year 5
Year 6