St Mary's Catholic Primary School Kells

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21st May 18
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Maths in Year 2


It is really important that our children have quick recall of basic maths facts. In Year 2 the children complete their 2, 5, 10 and 3 times tables. They are really important and we are trying really hard to learn them without using our fingers!

We enjoy our daily maths sessions, especially out 'Mathletics' slot where we work on the computer. Mathletics is a web-based learning program that integrates home and school learning via the internet. Mathletics helps us with our quick recall of facts and the children love 'Live Mathletics' where they can compete against other children from across the world.

We have also been doing lots of maths through our science topic on variation. We measured each others heights and handspan and looked at hair colour in Year 2. We then put this information into a graph.

Interventions- Numbers Count

Through frequent assessment the class teacher and head teacher work closely to decide which children would benefit from Numbers Count. Numbers Count is a highly effective intervention. It is delivered by a specially trained teacher to children who find mathematics extremely difficult and may not reach the expected level for their age. It helps them to get back on track and catch up with their peers.

Every child has a programme of at least 40 half hour Numbers Count lessons over 3 or 4 months, while continuing to take part in their normal class mathematics lessons. Teachers decide whether to teach each lesson individually or to 2 or 3 children together.

Lessons take place in a dedicated teaching area where children can use a wide variety of resources. The teacher begins by making a detailed diagnostic assessment of what each child knows and then plans an individualised programme to help each one to move forward. Lessons focus on number and calculation, follow a set routine and are rigorous and active. The teacher aims to help each child to become numerate and confident, to enjoy actively learning mathematics and to develop the skills and positive attitudes needed to continue to make good progress in normal class mathematics lessons after completing Numbers Count.