Maths at Ankermoor Primary Academy:
As a school we will be following the mastery approach of teaching Mathematics. The key principles are:
- All pupils are encouraged by the belief that by working hard at maths they can succeed.
- A detailed curriculum is mapped out across all phases and key knowledge and skills are set out, which need to be mastered before moving on to the next stage.
- Visual representations and concrete equipment are used to help children to understand the concepts and procedures: Why we do what we do.
- There is a focus on basic skills which are specifically taught to ensure that pupils are fluent.
Please read the Maths 2021-22 Expectations overview to ensure you have a deeper understanding of our processes in school.
Fierte Trust Mathematics Videos on Youtube
In order to support parents and provide them with information about how we teach calculation strategies, separate playlists have been created for each type of calculation. Please click on the links below to access the playlists:
When it comes to times tables, speed AND accuracy are important. The more facts your child remembers, the easier it is for them to do harder calculations. Times Table Rock Stars is a fun and challenging programme designed to help pupils master the times tables! To be a Times Table Rock Star you need to answer any multiplication fact up to 12×12 in less than 3 seconds!
All children from years 2 to 6 have a username and password so they can also access this website from home. If they lose this, please see their class teacher.
How to play
There are 4 different game modes, which you can try.
Garage – The questions will only come from the times tables the teacher has set for the week. As pupils start to answer questions, TT Rock Stars works out which facts they take longer on and will give them more of these questions to answer. The Garage is best for getting quicker at a few facts. Players get 10 coins per question.
Studio – The questions in the Studio can be anything from 1×1 up to 12×12.
TT Rock Stars calculates the mean speed from their last 10 games in the Studio and translates into a Rock Status.
They earn 1 coin per question and the Studio is the place for them to set their best time across all the tables.
Rock Arena – The Arena allows players to compete against all other members of their Band (their Band mates would need to join the same game in order to compete together).
A new Arena game starts every 15 seconds and once the clock starts they race to answer more questions than the others. In the Arena, questions will only come from the times tables the teacher has set for the week, similar to the Garage. They earn 1 coin per correct answer.
Rock Festival – The Rock Festival games are open to players from around the world. Like the Arena, there is no limit to the number of players who can join a game; however, unlike the Arena, questions are selected at random from 1×1 to 12×12. Pupils might choose the Rock Festival if they were playing at home (and therefore couldn’t easily synchronise playing against a classmate) or wanted to compete against others not in their Band. They earn 1 coin per correct answer.
Here is the link to the login page.
Log in here
NumBots is an online game and playing little and often will significantly improve your child's recall and understanding of number bonds and addition and subtraction facts. These are critical foundations in maths so we are excited by the impact NumBots will have.
In order to get the best out of NumBots, children should regularly play for shorts bursts.
- Story Mode - the emphasis is on the learning the ideas and concepts behind the addition and subtraction by using shapes and diagrams.
- Challenge Mode - the emphasis is more on speed of recall of key facts, like number bonds to 10, doubling small numbers or adding and taking away in your head.