Mrs Lisa Spiller & Mrs Leah Loukes share the role of Maths Co-ordinator, working closely alongside teaching colleagues to promote excellence in maths across the school. Skyswood Primary School has created our own home learning scheme for number bonds and tables. We aim to test the children on a weekly basis but do rely on parent helpers to support us with this, if any parents are able to give up an hour a week to help us with number bonds and tables cards then please let the school office or Mr Bridle know!
The school subscribe to maths resources such as Number Gym, my maths.com and Manga High.
Skyswood pupils/parents can log onto the Number Gym, my maths.com or Manga High websites and access the materials.
The school promote a ‘learning without limits’ philosophy in maths. Children are introduced to a unit of study and are then able to access learning through selecting the appropriate pitch and challenge based on their ability and confidence within each area. Groups are fluid and changeable as different children obviously have different strengths and areas for development within the subject. Some children may need greater support when applying number problems but may have an excellent understanding of shape and measures! Our aim is to tailor the curriculum to meet the individual needs of all our children.
Maths achievement at the end of Key Stage 2 has been outstanding in the last four years with regard to the number of children achieving level 5. Over 50% of our pupils have achieved the higher level in their SATS for each year between 2013 and 2015, with 48% achieving at greater depth with the new assessments in 2016, 55% in 2017 and 43% in 2018. These assessments reflect the ‘raised bar and aspirations of the new national curriculum’ and can be put into context when measured against the national standard of 23% in 2017. 93.5% of children at Skyswood achieved the age related standard or above in the 2016 tests, compared to 69.7% nationally and 72.6% in Hertfordshire, 90% achieved the expected standard in 2017 and 2018, compared to 75% nationally.
Mrs Loukes provides booster maths and pupil premium support. Children are given focused intervention over the period of half a term or beyond. The attainment of children in these intervention groups has been good to outstanding over the past two years. Mrs Loukes has also written the school’s Calculations Policy in consultation with staff and children and this can be viewed here: Calculations Policy February 2018