Inspire Maths builds firm foundations and a deep understanding of mathematical concepts through a concrete-pictorial-abstract approach. These Pupil Textbooks provide a scaffolded introduction to each new learning objective, guided practice activities, opportunities for further practice, and suggestions for how parents can support learning at home.
From September 2016, the Academy will be introducing Singapore Maths in Year 1 to 4. Although not all current year groups will not access this curriculum scheme in its entirety, the approaches and applications from this scheme will be transferred across all the year groups in the school to ensure all pupils benefit from this new approach.
Inspire Maths is a transformational, whole-school primary maths programme based on the leading Singapore Maths series My Pals are Here, used in 100% of Singapore’s state primary schools.
The materials below and the links within this text are from Oxford Owl Maths and are free for parents to access. These resources are designed to support you with your children’s maths throughout their primary years. You’ll find a whole host of activities, simple ideas, top tips and eBooks to help your child with their maths at home.
There are lots of ways to help to build your child’s confidence in maths. There are many fun games and activities you can do with your child that practise maths skills. Most children love playing games and it’s an easy way to support their learning.
Our approach to the curriculum is that we fully follow the UK primary national curriculum, furthermore as an academy we further enhance this through enrichment week and a wider range of opportunities for children.
For your information, please find below a link to the Primary National Curriculum
At Outwood Primary Academy Greystone, we believe in the value of display as a form of communication, progress and celebration.
All our classrooms have clearly labelled Maths and Literacy learning walls that reflect our current learning. Our consistent and regularly updated working walls include: modelled examples of our learning; key vocabulary linked to our topic and images to support the pupils with their understanding. Our working walls act as a silent teacher to create a stimulating, purposeful reference for children, which supports and challenges their learning.
We ensure that our classroom is a celebration of the amazing outcomes we produce during a particular unit of learning.
We provide lots of opportunities for our students to consolidate, enrich and extend their learning.
Extended learning and “homework” are not simply viewed as an out of school activity because everyone’s home is different and it may not always be easy to find at quiet work space at home.
Why do we set homework?
At Outwood Academy Greystone we view homework as a learning entitlement. Homework should consist of meaningful and worthwhile tasks or projects designed to extend the learning of the student outside the classroom and to:
• extend and support classwork
• consolidate and reinforce skills and understanding
• extend and support every child’s learning
• develop the skills of an Independent Learner
• develop Deep Learners rather than Surface Learners
• allow students to gain and practise the skills and knowledge that they will be required to reproduce in assessment situations such as exams
• develop skills and attributes such as resilience and investigation as well as all the other qualities in the Outwood Academy Greystone Learning Model
• develop abilities in time management and organisation essential in life and beneficial to students as they leave the Academy and progress to university or enter the workforce.
How and where should homework be recorded?
Homework should be recorded in students’ planners. It should be recorded when the homework/coursework is due in. This is so management of time can be planned. Note on the deadline date that there is homework/coursework due in. This will enable both students and parents/carers to review the planner each evening to ensure that students meet each deadline for the following day.
What sort of work is set?
Homework should be meaningful, interesting and worthwhile. It should support development of the specific course and also qualities, skills and attributes of the Outwood Academy Greystone Learning Model. It might consist of:
• short tasks
• longer projects or coursework.
How much homework is set?
The amount of homework set will be dependent on the subject, year group of the student and the nature of the work:
• short tasks – such as My Maths homework – might take half an hour each week
• longer projects lasting over half a term or coursework may take several hours in total.
How long will students get to complete the work?
Homework deadlines may vary depending on the subject, year group of the student and the nature of the work:
• short tasks may have a deadline of one week
• longer projects or coursework may have a deadline of half a term.