Youngsters at one Waterside school are scoring success after mastering a new maths scheme.
Through using objects and drawing pictures, the pupils are developing fluency, reasoning and problem solving skills.
And already the evidence is adding up that the scheme, designed by education training provider Maths – No Problem, is leading to results.
Principal, Hayley Jakimavicius, said: “Since September we have been trialling this new approach to maths with our children in Year 1 and Year 2.
“We’re really pleased with the outcomes so far with children showing a lot more confidence in their reasoning skills as well as their use of subject specific vocabulary.
“As part of the Inspire Learning Partnership, we are very fortunate to receive expert support from Mandy Hooper, Maths Specialist and Associate Principal for the Trust, who works with us on the planning and delivery of the lessons.
“Feedback from children has been hugely positive and they are eager to challenge themselves with their maths learning.”
In this new scheme the children in Year 1 have been working on subtraction, using a range of resources such as counters, peg boards and tens frames to help them understand the concept of inversing a sum to get the same result.
And children in Year 2 have been focusing on multiplication and working with Maths No Problem workbooks.
CEO of Inspire Learning Partnership, Claire Lowe, said: “This new maths scheme is clearly structured and builds on the children’s skill development.
“At the heart of it is encouraging the children to visualise a maths problem and to then go on to solve it.
“Ultimately, we want all children at all our schools to achieve the highest standards in mathematics.
“The strength of the Trust is being able to support our schools to try new schemes like this and receive the guidance of our own experts when doing so.”
Inspire Learning Partnership was formed in September this year when Fawley Infants, Blackfield Primary and Blackfield Nursery joined forces with Kanes Hill and Hightown primary schools in Southampton.
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