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What is Maths like at The Berkeley?


In maths the children develop skills particularly by exploring and playing with a wide range of mathematical concepts. Some of the areas we look at are counting, comparison, sequencing, measure, pattern and shape. The children need lots of time to revisit these skills and practice them in a contextual situation. 


At the start of Summer 2, we have been looking at doubling and halving. We have been doing this through practical activities, such as using multilink on ladybirds and also using mirrors independently to show doubles. 


Year 1

Year 1 have been learning all about making numbers using a range of different resources to see how and why certain numbers can be made. After it has been fully secured and understood by using a range of resources, including rekenrek and egg boxes, the children demonstrated it as a number sentence.

Year 2 

Year 2 have been using their position and direction skills.  By going outside and working practically helped to reinforce key mathematical vocabulary to describe position, direction and movement, including movement in a straight line and distinguishing between rotation as a turn and in terms of right angles for quarter, half and three-quarter turns (clockwise and anticlockwise)

Year 3

Children in Year 3 using a range of methods to record and support their understanding. Using the part, part, whole model helps children to visualise how numbers can be partitioned. To raise the profile of Maths in Year 3, the children took part in live online events on National Numeracy day to see how practical maths can be used in their lives.

Year 4

Lots of games are also being used to practice key skills and knowledge throughout the school.  Here are Year 4 playing a Place value game.

Year 5 

Column Addition

In order to help them fully understand how column addition works, Year 5 have utilised place value counters to help them see the value of each number and how each value is added together to make the final total.  This has been particularly helpful in helping them to see what happens when there are more than 9 ones, for example, in the ones column and why they might need to move some over into the next column.

We have continued to apply our practical resources to solve a range of fluency and problem-solving activities. We have really enjoyed learning about decimals and manipulating numbers, building upon our existing knowledge of place value. We also loved learning about percentages, comparing percentages to fractions and decimals and finding percentages of amounts.  

Year 6

Year 6 children work collaboratively on open ended problems. Some problems required them to use different strategies, some depended on logic and reasoning, some had multiple solutions and others demanded decision making and creativity. Children had to strive to answer questions and demonstrated great teamwork and resilience.