At Brookfield Academy we teach maths with the aid of ‘Maths-No Problem!'
This approach uses the teaching approaches which have proven to be highly successful in Singapore. We aim to develop children’s mathematical fluency without the need for rote learning. Children learn to think mathematically and link concepts providing explanations and reasons for their answers. Lessons encourage learners to solve problems through the use of manipulatives (equipment) to aid learning and develop mathematical understanding at a greater depth through regular problem solving challenges in each lesson.
For more information please visit the Maths No Problem website:
The 144 club
The 144 Club is a club but not as we know it! To be part of the club children have to prove they know their times tables. Children will be given the chance, once a week, to complete a times tables test. Children in Years 4 to 6 have to answer 144 questions correctly in less than five minutes. Children in Year 3 have to answer 72 questions correctly in less than five minutes. Successful members will receive a certificate and a badge.
Once in the club, children have to take a test again, every half term, to retain their place. The aim is that they beat their own personal best each time.
Club 1 and 2
Children in Year 1 can be part of the Club 1 by demonstrating their number bonds (including related subtraction facts) to 20 knowledge. Children in Year 2 need to demonstrate their knowledge of number bonds to 100 to secure their place in the Club 2. Children will be given the opportunity to join the club on a weekly basis. Successful members will receive a certificate and a sticker.
Once in the club, children will have to take a test again, every half term to retain their place. The aim is that they beat their own personal best each time.
Supporting your child at home:
- Look for numbers everywhere – on signs, number plates, front doors
- Play games which include counting or number recognition e.g. snakes and ladders, snap, ludo
- Practise counting in steps of 2, 5 and 10
- Looking at the time – concentrating on o’clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to
- Letting your child handle money and work out how much things cost, how much change is needed, different ways of making the same amount e.g. 10p = 1x10p, 2x5ps, 5x2ps, 10x1ps
- Talk about different measurements and quantities e.g. amount of milk in milk bottle, drink in a carton or can, weight of pasta in a bag
- Get children involved in cooking and weighing out different ingredients e.g. flour or water
- Practise times tables (remember little and often)
Below is a Mathematics Dictionary with all the terms teachers and children will be using in their lessons, along with some useful websites: