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What it's like to be a Mathematician

Preschool FS1

In Pre-School we have been looking at 

Reception FS2

Our Reception class have been 

Year 1

Year 1 have been

Year 2

Year 2 have been introduced to a variety of examples showing parts and wholes. We used everyday objects such as bicycles and flowers to identify the whole and parts of the whole. We then began to consider if the part is a large or small part of the whole.

Year 3

Year 3 have been practicing making quarter, half, three-quarter and whole turns in both clockwise and anticlockwise directions and in familiar contexts such as on a clock face or the points of a compass.
We then have started to visualise the starting and finishing points of the turn as two straight lines that meet at a point and that an angle is created at the point where these lines meet.

Year 4

Year 4 have been recapping full, half and quarter turns. We have done this by standing up and turning as instructed, including a variety of different turns both clockwise and anticlockwise. We then discussed the significance of clockwise and anticlockwise using the hands of a clock to demonstrate if needed. After this we explored different turns from different starting points, including using compass directions. Afterwards we looked what a pictorial representation of an angle looks like and how this relates to turns.

Year 5

Year 5 have been looking at making connections between whole numbers and decimals. We then have looked at using a stem sentence to recognise that the unit they are adding or subtracting is the same. We have used hundred
squares and place value charts as useful representations to support the children when adding and subtracting decimals within 1 whole.

Year 6

Year 6 have 


Year 2 - May 2023

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Year 1 - May 2023

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Year 3- May 2023

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Have you ever tried Pirate Stew? It doesn’t look very appetising but it definitely helped us with our Maths work. We have been learning how to measure the mass, capacity and length of different objects by making a Pirate stew. We then sorted items into what we would use to measure them with.

Year 1 - March 2023


Year 2 - March 2023

Year 2 worked collaboratively to find unit and non-unit fractions of quantities.

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As part of our unit of work on shape, we counted the number of vertices and edges on 3D shapes and then used this information to make models of them. 

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March 2023- Year 3

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More outdoor learning! Year 3 went outside and ran around the perimeter of various places chanting, "The perimeter is the distance 'round' the outside edge!"

March 2023 - Year 2

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February 2023- Year 3 

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In order to get an understanding of different measurements, Year 3 went outside to sort objects they found into the categories, 'less than 10cm', 'between 10 and 1m' and 'more than 1m', 

January 2023 - Year 3

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Using base 10 and plates to learn how to divide. 


March 2022 - Year 2 -2D and 3D Shapes

Year 2 have been making 2D and 3D shapes. Using play dough and spaghetti, elastic bands on peg boards and lollipop sticks, they have become much more familiar with the shapes and their mathematical properties. They also had lots of fun along the way!

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May 2021 - Year 4 - World Maths Day

Year 4 planned a party with a budget of £100 as part of their work to celebrate World Maths Day and to commemorate the achievements of Captain Sir Tom Moore.

May 2021 - Year 1 World Maths Day and Captain Tom 100

This week, to celebrate World Maths Day, and to honour Captain Sir Tom Moore, Year 1 practised counting in 10s and 5s up to 100.


May 2021 - World Maths Day with Captain Tom 100 - Year 6

As part of World Maths Day, and continuing their Captain Tom 100 Challenge from last week, Year 6 undertook a maths challenge where they had to make totals of 100 by using a special 2x2 grid.

Party Planning - Year 1 - February 2020

Year one had to count out items for a party.  We imagined how it would feel to not have enough party bags or cupcakes.  We talked about the arrangement of the items and how it could help when counting up to 50 items.  Some groups remembered that tens and ones could help to count up quickly and helped them be more accurate when counting larger groups.



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