Upper Key Stage Two – Year 5 and 6
The principal focus of mathematics teaching in upper key stage 2 is to ensure that pupils extend their understanding of the number system and place value to include larger integers. This should develop the connections that pupils make between multiplication and division with fractions, decimals, percentages and ratio.
At this stage, pupils should develop their ability to solve a wider range of problems, including increasingly complex properties of numbers and arithmetic, and problems demanding efficient written and mental methods of calculation. With this foundation in arithmetic, pupils are introduced to the language of algebra as a means for solving a variety of problems. Teaching in geometry and measures should consolidate and extend knowledge developed in number. Teaching should also ensure that pupils classify shapes with increasingly complex geometric properties and that they learn the vocabulary they need to describe them.
By the end of year 6, pupils should be fluent in written methods for all four operations, including long multiplication and division, and in working with fractions, decimals and percentages.
Mathletics at Ladygrove
In December 2016 we trialled Mathletics within the Year 5 and 6 classes. After this initial trial we have launched the membership across the school. Mathletics is an online mathematical learning resource aimed at children from Reception up to Year 6. It aims to help children to love learning maths and improve their skills in a fun and engaging way.
Make maths fun!
Your child should be familiar with their personal username and password for this school year by now so please ask them about it. Once logged in they will be able to choose from the whole range of maths curriculum topic areas to practise or they can have fun challenging themselves on Live Mathletics against opponents from other countries worldwide.
Your child’s teacher will be setting homework for them using the resource. During the trial it was seen that the percentage of children completing homework significantly increased.
Information for Parents
As a parent or guardian you can register to receive weekly email reports. To do this you will need your child’s user name and password.
- Visit www.mathletics.com/parent
- Complete the fields and click Submit
- Record your new username and password
Then to access the Parent Console:
- Visit www.mathletics.com
- Sign in using your own user details
The Mathletics team are continually creating technical updates and you can now access many of the activities in more convenient formats. You can download the Mathletics student app for Ipad via the App Store or Android via the Google Play Store.
If you have any questions please talk to myself or your child’s teacher.
Useful Maths Websites