Maths

At Chalkwell Hall, Maths is taught at the beginning of every school day from 8.35am until 10.00am. Lessons begin with a focus on revisiting and securing key skills, or deepening understanding through mastery activities to challenge those fluent in the skills focus.

The main maths lesson takes place from 9.00am, where we follow the Maths No Problem scheme of work. This scheme is based around the principles of the Singapore approach to mathematics, and as a school we believe this is the best way for us to support all our children in developing their skills in applying their mathematical knowledge to problem solving and real world situations. In 2017, the Maths No Problem scheme was the only textbook scheme of work to be recommended by the UK government as fully meeting the needs of the new curriculum.

If you would like to find out more about what is taught in each year, please see the links below.

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For information on how we teach the four main operations, please see the link below.

Mathematics & Calculation Policy Nov 16

Times Tables Test

Each fortnight, alternating with the number bonds challenge, all children in the school will take part in a times table challenge to support their rapid recall of key tables facts. As of September 2018, all tests have a maximum of 5 minutes to be completed.

  • For the Bronze test, this focuses on the 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10 times table. Children have to recall 30 mixed facts.
  • For the Silver test, this is expanded to all tables to 12 x 12, as well as the inverse division facts. Children have to recall 50 mixed facts.
  • For the Gold test, square numbers and square roots to 12 x 12 are added to the silver test skills. Children have s to recall 50 mixed facts

To see an example of the types of questions your child may face on the Bronze, Silver and Gold times table tests, please click here. Please note, as of September 2018, no copies of the actual tests will be offered, as we encourage children to learn the underlying skills required in the test, rather than by learning the specific answers as a pattern. There are also a wide range of lessons, games and activities available on MyMaths that will support your child in developing fluency in these skills.

The Level One Gold Extension test covers: Square numbers and their roots to 20 (and 30, 40 and 50), multiply and divide by multiples of 10, multiply 3 numbers, multiply and divide by 1 and 0.

The Level Two Gold Extension test (Y5&6 only) covers: Multiply/divide 2 fractions, multiply whole digits by non-unit fractions (e.g. 5/6 x 54),  multiply and divide whole numbers by fractions and decimals.

Number Bonds Test

Each fortnight, alternating with the times tables challenge, all children in the school will take part in a number bonds challenge to support their rapid recall of addition and subtraction facts. As of September 2018, all tests have a maximum of 2 minutes to be completed

  • For the Black Bonds test, pupils need to recall all number bonds to 10 as both addition and subtraction facts. Pupils have to recall 30 mixed facts.
  • For the Blue Bonds test, pupils need to recall all number bonds to 20 as both addition and subtraction facts. Pupils have  to recall 50 mixed facts.
  • For the Red Bonds test, pupils need to recall all number bonds to 100 as both addition and subtraction facts, adding multiples of 10 and 100 together as well as bonds to 10 and 20. Pupils have to recall 50 mixed facts.

The Level One Red Extension test covers: 3 digit column addition and subtraction, adding 3 1-digit numbers, add/subtract fractions with the same denominator, number bonds to 100, balancing equations (e.g. 100-? = 40+17).

The Level Two Red Extension test (Y5&6 only) covers: Add and subtract decimals (1 & 2 d.p.), add and subtract fractions with different denominators, simplify fractions.

To see an example of the Black, Blue and Red number bond tests, please click here. Please note, as of Sept 2018, no copies of the actual tests will be offered, as we encourage children to learn the underlying skills required in the test, rather than by learning the specific answers as a pattern. There are also a wide range of lessons, games and activities available on MyMaths that will support your child in developing fluency in these skills.