At Newquay Junior, we believe that the whole point of learning maths is to be able to solve problems. Learning rules and facts are of course important, but they are the tools with which we learn to do maths fluently, they aren’t maths itself. It’s similar to the way that learning scales is an important part of learning to play music fluently, but there’s far more to making music than playing scales.
Our target is that all children can and will achieve mastery of the maths curriculum. In order to achieve this, our daily maths lesson will have 4 elements: teach, learn, challenge, and understand. The first element is where we teach the main objective for the lesson i.e. what do we want the children to master by the end of the lesson using a variety of concepts, images, conjectures, missing numbers and active arguments around the key skill we are focusing on. Secondly, the children will attempt a task which is differentiated to learn and consolidate the teaching part of the lesson and may include further examples of those in the previous part of the lesson. After the children have attempted a task, the teacher will move their learning forwards again by providing a challenge at a deeper level or addressing any misconceptions the children may have. The final part of the lesson is where we ensure that the children understand the objective covered by discussing what learning has taken place either orally or in writing.
Big Maths is a teaching programme we have implemented at Newquay Junior Academy to ensure children have a solid foundation of Basic Skills. Problem solving and word problems cannot be confidently attempted until children can manipulate and understand how numbers work.
At NJA maths homework is set online using My Maths, every pupil will have their own log in personal to them. Maths homework is tailored by their teacher and is set weekly. Use this link to access the My Maths page.
The My Maths App to use on IOS devices is the Puffin Academy App and not the Puffin Browser, this browser is rated 17+ in the apple store and so is not suitable for primary aged children to use. Exploring the settings on your devices should allow you to block access to certain apps and browsers and only allow the installing of age appropriate material. We are happy to offer advice regarding settings should you require any.