“Arithmetic is being able to count up to twenty without taking off your shoes.” 

Mickey Mouse







“Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.”

Albert Einstein

Maths Vocabulary

Below, you will find the Maths Vocabulary grids for each year group at St. Andrew’s. These are the mathematical terms that children are expected to know and understand, with their corresponding definitions.

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Maths Assessment

These are the assessment grids used to monitor and assess Maths at St. Andrew’s. To reach the expected standard for their stage, children to need to achieve every highlighted objective.

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“Mathematics is not about numbers, equations, computations, or algorithms: it is about understanding.”

William Paul Thurston




Going for Gold!

To be Gold in Mathematics:

For pupils to develop mastery with greater depth they need to demonstrate the ability to:

– Solve problems of greater complexity (i.e. where the approach is not immediately obvious), demonstrating creativity and imagination.
– Independently explore and investigate mathematical contexts and structures, communicate results clearly and systematically explain and generalise the mathematics.


Maths Updates

1,2,3 Playdoh Baking

Today we looked at combining the different ingredients that we needed to measure out to make our playdoh. We took turns adding and measure the ingredients, following the receipe. We helped to mix and kneed the mixture to make our own playdoh. The children noticed how the powder in the flour changed into playdoh when we added all the oil and water together with the salt and bicarbonate. We talked about how we could make it even better next time and the children suggested: adding colours, glitter,... read more

Numicon Number Fun!

We love using Numicon to help learn numbers and count to 10. Here we practised counting the holes in the Numicon shapes by filling them with rocks as we counted outloud. We talked about which number was more. We practised recognising the numbers on the log discs and matched these to the Numicon shapes: We tried to order the Numicon pieces from 5 to 10 and covered the holes with moveables to help count:... read more

Outdoor 2D and 3D Shape Hunt

Today we have been outside on a 3d and 2d shape hunt. We used lots of maths vocabulary to describe the shapes we could see. See if you can see which photo shows us finding a semicircle, cylinder, cone, circle, cuboid, rectangle in the images below: “This cone has a point and it is 3D!”... read more

Autumn 2018

It has been a lovely start to the Reception year. Children have been exploring the Reception classrooms and the wonderful natural outside areas within the school. Here are some of the learning activities children have been engaged in: Exploring the changes in in the seasons We looked at the changes to the season and sang songs to recall how the weather changes during the seasons. We explored the outdoor area collecting the different coloured leaves that the wind had blown to the floor. We listened to the sounds outside and the crunch that the dry leaves made. We also used our skills to hear initial sounds in words and match the objects to the letter on the sorting tray.             We collected them and compared size and colour. We ordered them by size, counting the amount we have and saying what one more than the amount would be.       We completed hand and fingerprint trees to represent the different seasons for our Art Day challenge: Can you guess which tree represents which season?  ... read more

French Fantastic

In Reception, we have been exploring French through language and culture. For our medieval topic we compared the different styles of British and French castles. We found out about the different 3D shapes that were used and the features of castles. As an enterprise (den) project we created our very own castles using our enterprise skills of : Communication Teamwork Problem solving Creativity Here are some of the fantastic castles that we have made: Reception Castles... read more

Guided Draw – Castle Watercolours

To launch the den making project, we started with a guided draw. The children each had a piece of paper and were giving simple line instructions, copying the lines that were drawn on the board. Step by step we discussed each line using good maths vocabulary of position, direction and the shape that it created. As the lines progressed on the pages children started to guess what our new project was: Castles! The children compared their creations with their friends, looking at the differences and uniqueness of their castle. We then worked with the medium of watercolours to infill the castles. This task helped to look at scale as well as design. Here are some of the watercolour castle masterpieces: Watercolour castles... read more

Landing at Gold with Shakespeare.

During their topic of Shakespeare, Year 5 have researched and located the counties and rivers surrounding Shakespeare’s place of birth. They have then provided a map and the grid reference of key places in Shakespeare’s life. So if you’re interested in visiting Stratford-Upon-Avon it is worth checking with the Year 5. They know where to go! Joined up learning included geography, history, English and maths. Brilliant work Year... read more

Learning Maths through PE

The children in Year one have been developing their Maths skills through PE.  The children had to count how many times their friend could bounce and catch a ball, hop, skip and jump. They then recorded their... read more

Problem Solving with History

Children took part in a fun problem solving treasure hunt linked to learning about Roman numerals in an outdoor maths lesson. They worked in teams to find as many answers as they could to the problems... read more

Computing with Problem Solving

In year 2, the children have been using the bee-bots and ‘fake-bots’. They have been using the bee-bots to help with their problem solving and critical thinking skills. Through various challenges the children have been learning how to direct the bee-bots around a variety of routes, helping them to develop an understanding of the programming language. The children have then had to use their problem solving skills when making mistakes to debug their route and correct... read more