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Ruislip Gardens Primary School

Growing and Achieving Together


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Curriculum: Maths

Mathematics is an important part of learning for all children in the early years and receiving a good grounding in maths is an essential life skill. As well as numeracy, it helps skills such as problem solving, understanding and using shapes and measure and developing their own spatial awareness. It helps pupils to recognise, create and describe patterns, which is essential for early problem solving skills.

Children in Nursery and reception will work with adults on maths activities as well as experiencing maths in self –directed activities. In the outdoor classroom and our school grounds, children can spot shapes and numbers naturally, explore and investigate and build dens which can help children explore shape, space and measure using equipment like boxes, crates and building blocks. Indoors, numbers and shape, space and measure can be integrated into all activities and areas of learning for example, using measure to mix paint and cooking activities that help children learn about quantities and measures.

At RGS, all children from Year 1 to Year 6 will have a daily maths lesson. The lesson starts with 10 arithmetic questions on a variety of topics to keep the children’s mental maths skills sharp and increase their fluency. The rest of the lesson will develop and deepen children’s understanding of range of topics as well as their ability to reason and solve problems. Fluency, reasoning and problem solving are key aims of the Maths National Curriculum. Learning times tables by heart under pins many areas of maths and the teaching of times tables starts in Year2 with 2x, 3x, 5x and 10x table. The expectation is that all children will have instant recall of all times table up to 12 x 12 by the end of Year 4.

In all year groups, learning maths is about solving problems using key processes such as:

  • looking for patterns and relationships between numbers
  • making sense of and checking information
  • communicating and presenting maths using words and diagrams, for example, graphs and symbols
  • reasoning and developing mathematical arguments.

Progression in maths involves using and applying these processes and skills in maths lessons across the whole school curriculum and in everyday life. To do this children need to understand key elements such as number, geometry, measures and statistics. As a mathematical problem-solver, your child will learn and use skills such as:

  • sorting
  • ordering
  • grouping
  • measuring
  • calculating
  • comparing
  • manipulating, organising and interpreting information.

Maths is an imaginative, creative way of thinking which is part of everyday living. Learning maths is also about knowing where it has come from, why it is necessary and how different cultures have contributed to the way it has developed over time. Children learn maths best through tasks where they have to make choices in order to solve a problem or a puzzle. It helps them to practise skills, ideally in an enjoyable and engaging way, supporting the development of understanding as well as their confidence and their competence.

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Headteacher's Welcome

As Headteacher I would like to welcome you all to our school. Ruislip Gardens Primary School is a very special place. Visitors comment positively about the school, from the children’s behaviour and their enthusiasm to the staffs ongoing commitment and dedication. We understand the power of education and take very seriously our duty to give your children the best start in life. I am personally very proud to be a member of this community.

The school recognises the value and uniqueness of each individual child and adult at Ruislip Gardens. We celebrate the talents and gifts of each child and enable them to develop to their full potential spiritually, morally, academically, socially and physically.

Our shared vision “Growing and Achieving Together” underpins all we believe in. Our core values

  • Providing a safe and nurturing environment
  • Establishing lifelong values
  • Developing confident and independent learners
  • Inspiring excellence
  • Enabling everyone to succeed

show how Ruislip Gardens is dedicated to ensuring we help all our children become successful and happy young people. Their learning and personal development are our driving force.

With support and advice from all our stakeholders we were able to develop Ruislip Gardens 4 Life-long Values:

  • Resilience
  • Responsibility
  • Respect
  • Reflection

Each value has a definition, which you can read in the vision and values
section of the website.

I would like to extend an invitation to you to visit our school if you have
not already, where you are guaranteed a warm welcome. Finally I would
like to thank you for your continued support and for trusting us with the
privilege of educating your precious children.

Miss N Bulpett

Headteacher

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