Plaistow Hill Infant and Nursery School

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  • "They have an amazing approach to teaching"
  • "My child adores school. The sense of fun and excitement you put into learning and teaching is great!"
  • "It's a welcoming environment where the teachers always make time for me."
  • "The school culture and environment is friendly, approachable and caring."
  • "The school is supportive, dedicated and a happy place to be."
  • "I like the way each child is treated individually."
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As well as supporting your children with reading and writing at home, it is extremely valuable to them if you are able to also practise their maths. This does not have to be time consuming as many of the things you can do to help can take place whilst you are doing everyday things in the home, or even whilst going to the shops or travelling to school. However, your focussed attention is an important thing for your child, and any time you can spend working with them on their maths (or other learning!) is extremely pleasurable for them.

Below are some useful documents which you can download.  They will give you more information about the maths we do in school and what you can do to help at home. There are also some links to useful websites which provide some extra information and ideas, as well as games you can play online.

As always, if you have any particular questions about how you can help your child with maths which aren't answered here you are always welcome to speak to your child's teacher.

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To help our children to achieve all they can in maths we are now following an apporach called Visual Maths.

"Visual Maths™ is an extremely effective and successful approach to the teaching and learning of Mathematics. It has consistently increased pupils’ understanding, achievement and attainment. Pupils have a greater confidence, are more self-motivated and see themselves as successful learners."

We use Visual Maths as the "How" of teaching number, calculation and fractions.  We build in mastery opportunities into all of the children's learning so each skill acquired  by the children is applied to problems and puzzles at their level of understanding.  By doing this, all of the children have the opportunity to reason about their maths and master the skills acquired, deepening understanding before moving on.

Visual Maths Pathways

Visual Maths follows a set of pathways for place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and fractions with the children working their way along the pathways, gaining confidence and knowledge as they do.  These pathways form our calculation policy.

Below are the modified pathways which we follow at Plaistow Hill. 

The pathways lead the children through different 'modes' of working.

C = Concrete - working with materials such as cubes

D = Drawing - drawing the grids and cubes

S = Symbolic - more formal, written methods

The children work through the modes at their own speed, and this allows them to access the same maths at different levels of mastery.

Addition Pathway

Subtraction Pathway

Multiplication Pathway

Division Pathway

Fractions Pathway

In addition to the Visual Maths pathways we have also developed some pathways which add extra structure to the teaching and learning of place value, calculation and fractions whilst also providing the knowledge and skills the children need to master before moving onto the main Visual Maths pathways . They clearly outline the knowledge the children need to master to be able to access the Visual Maths pathways and are used as an aid to identify gaps in learning for any children who struggle at any stage of their earning. 

Click here to view the pre-visual maths pathways.

Maths Parent Workshop

We hold maths workshops for all parents to come along and learn how we teach the children maths, including our approach to mastery in the curriculum. See below for a summary of feedback from parents who have previously attended. 

Click here a summary of feedback from those who have previously attended a workshop.

Visual Maths Videos

For more help with any of the methods used in Visual Maths, please watch the following video clips on Youtube:

Addition Video 1

Addition Video 2

Addition Video 3

Subtraction Video

Multiplication - making groups and times table patterns

Column Multiplication

Multiplication - splitting

Division - making groups

Division - times table patterns

Column Division 1

Column Division 2

Web Links

BBC Bitesize maths - links to lots of maths games

ICT games - more games to play online

Crickweb - more maths games

Nrich - Lots of Fun Maths Problems developed by Cambridge University

Dice Games - A link to part of the NRich site, with lots of dice games for KS1