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17/11/17

BREAKING NEWS 3/3: Details of the trips will be contained in the Newsletter this evening and parents will receive a letter early next week.

17/11/17

BREAKING NEWS 2/3: Our Y4, Y5 and Y6 children will head to the to see on 13th December. https://t.co/p6IZwtIJlr

17/11/17

BREAKING NEWS 1/3: FINALLY we were able to reveal our Christmas theatre trips in assembly this morning! Our Reception, Y1, Y2 & Y3 will see on 5th December and they cannot wait! https://t.co/Gdm7zHCm7L

17/11/17

Santiago class had a special lesson today. Dziko was the teacher and taught Miss Kennedy and the children how to do a maths worksheet he had made! Thanks for your hard work teaching today Dziko! https://t.co/4pU00Y4vvl

17/11/17

At assembly this morning we said goodbye to our caretaker Martin. Good luck Martin, we will miss you! https://t.co/PykBxtIKeZ

17/11/17

Looks like San Sebastian and Malaga forgot to change out of their PJs this morning...or DID they? https://t.co/xfXwqjBtuj

17/11/17

San Sebastian Class rehearsing at the Bernie Grant Art Centre last night! They did us proud! 🎶🎵🎼 https://t.co/hs9eARMvS0

17/11/17

Brecon Beacon National Park - what a dream! https://t.co/iyyxGDkNEI

17/11/17

Want to hear a mountain joke? Nah...you won’t get over it. https://t.co/5Ca98u91BL

17/11/17

Goodbye Wales! Year 6 are on their way home https://t.co/EbkclNIL5d

16/11/17

Last night - disco time!! 💃🕺 https://t.co/7FR68UDHkR

16/11/17

Last night’s treat...marshmallows around the campfire! 🔥 🔥 https://t.co/GtKpxOEaY1

16/11/17

It has been so fun interacting with all our parents, especially the Year 6 parents, this week on Twitter! We think it's a great way to keep up to date with what's going on at the academy day to day. We hope you'll spread the word to other parents and keep getting in touch!

16/11/17

It is great to see the wonderful learning the children have done at home. If you haven't yet made a home learning project with your child, it is not too late and we would love to see as many projects as possible on our Class home learning board! https://t.co/fBuAdXoRiW

16/11/17

In Madrid Class, children have learnt about Remembrance Day and made wonderful poppies using different creative materials. https://t.co/rWdtTxYbFH

16/11/17

Thank you very much to all our parent readers this term, the children have really enjoyed the stories. If you would like to read to our class, our parent reading times are every Monday or Wednesday. Please speak to Miss Ebersveiller to book a time. https://t.co/5L0AORp97M

16/11/17

Fueling up for a day of caving! https://t.co/loDsYna78m

15/11/17

Girl time...who’s ready for dinner? https://t.co/lNVm8NVkXw

Harris Academies
All Academies in our Federation aim to transform the lives of the students they serve by bringing about rapid improvement in examination results, personal development and aspiration.

Mathematics

At Philip Lane mathematics is taught daily. We have high expectations for all our children and make lessons fun, interactive and relevant for all pupils.

 

In the Early Years we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.

Our approach is informed by best practice from across the world, including how maths is taught in Singapore.

The teaching principles are based on a concrete – pictorial – abstract – cycle of learning. There are many reasons that this approach develops understanding so well, but one key factor is its step-by-step approach that can be used at home or in the classroom. Young children are happy playing with blocks or drawing pictures. But they can find number symbols like 5 + 2 = 7 mystifying!

The Singapore method begins by allowing children to start learning about maths by playing with real objects, blocks or cut-out pictures. They build confidence with the basic ideas of adding and taking away. There is then a second stage of drawing pictures representing the objects. And only later do they gradually start to add numbers to their drawings...

 

Beyond the early years our children will build on their learning using our Effective Maths curriculum. Please click here for access to the Effective Mathematics website, where you can find out more about the approach we use. Effective Maths is underpinned by highly visual and concrete approaches to mathematics and is fully aligned to the expectations set out in the National Curriculum 2014. This approach has a strong base of evidence to show it really develops knowledge and understanding for all pupils including our most able.

Children must be exposed to different representations of mathematical concepts in order to embed understanding, as well as manipulating known number facts through missing number scenarios. There is a strong emphasis on maths talk and learning key mental basic skills, such as number bonds, multiplication facts and the inverses. The expectations of the National Curriculum have changed and whilst it is important to challenge all pupils, we must also ensure that children are making progress towards mastery level by having opportunities to reason about number and recognise patterns and relationships; which will only be the case if pupils are taught how to develop these skills.

 

The Effective Maths approach is further supported by the use of Maths No Problem textbooks, which are based on the Singapore approach. These textbooks have been endorsed by the NCETM (National Centre for Excellence in Teaching of Mathematics) who are working in collaboration with the Maths Hubs. The Maths Hubs are being funded by the Department for Education.

 

We are able to provide additional support for pupils who are struggling with an area or aspect of mathematical development. Our tracking of all our pupils’ progress enables us to identify any barriers, issues or gaps in learning early on.  We will deliver small group sessions taught by our most experienced teachers in addition to the daily maths lesson.

 

To support your understanding, we run workshops about methods of teaching maths for parents. Please see our diary of events for details and dates. Sometimes, the methods we teach are different from those parents and carers used when they were at school. If you have any questions about mathematics at Harris Primary Academy Philip Lane, please do speak to your class teacher.

 

Gamel Al-Obaidley