We follow ‘White Rose Maths’ at Wiggonby School, which enhances problem-solving skills and gives children a deeper understanding of key concepts. In Class 2, children are introduced to increasingly large numbers (up to 10,000 in Year 4), and continue to build on their maths learning from Class 1 in all areas of maths: place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, fractions, money, time, 2D and 3D shape, data handling, measurement and area.
We encourage children to use maths in their everyday lives, such as through telling the time and using money, by setting homework throughout the year that focuses on these important life skills.
In Class 2, children have access to plenty of practical resources that they can use to help understand mathematical ideas. Manipulating ‘concrete’ resources helps children to understand abstract ideas. Having resources available means that any child can use them when needed. We encourage them to transition to independence when they are ready, and support this process by teaching children to use pictorial representations. In every maths lessons, there are opportunities to use pictorial representations and practice abstract thinking. This is to (very gradually) move pupils’ thinking forward, and away from concrete resources.
We practise our times tables using Times Tables Rock Stars. This is very popular, and children work hard to beat their scores and times. They can also compete with others on the school leaderboard, using the more anonymous names of their own rock stars. Children enjoy earning badges as they progress. We practise our arithmetic in Class 2 with ‘Fluent in Five’. This ensures that whatever our maths topic, we are always working to develop our understanding of addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and fractions.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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