Sandal Castle VA Community Primary School

A Church of England school serving the Community since 1686

Headteacher: Mrs Nichola Russell
Telephone: 01924 303525
Address: Barnsley Road, Sandal, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF2 6AS

Diocese of Leeds
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Learning to read so we can read to learn and gain pleasure is at the heart of all areas of the curriculum. Early reading is therefore our first, foremost and central priority in school so all children are readers. Books are enjoyed and used across all curriculum areas as highly valued hooks, tools and a way of escaping in to other worlds, times, places and situations.

Welcome to our Mathematics Page

Maths at Sandal Castle Primary School is taught through a variety of different strands for which you will find information and evidence using the various tabs:

  • Non-negotiables- daily teaching of the underpinning maths concepts required within the curriculum for each year group.Children practise a range of skills such as counting, times tables, doubling and halving and mental arithmetic.

  • Maths Lessons- daily teaching of the maths content prescribed within the national curriculum.Children are taught to use a range of practical resources to support their learning and bring maths to life in the classroom.Within maths lessons children engage in a wide range of activities to secure and deepen their fluency, knowledge of mental and written methods of calculation, ability to use and apply their learning in a range of concepts, reason logically and solve increasingly complex problems.

  • Teaching Resources– As part of our commitment to providing the very best maths education experience for all children, we have worked hard to source a range of high quality resources to support staff in planning and delivering lessons to challenge and meet the needs of all learners.These include:
    • White Rose Maths planning materials which use mastery teaching techniques to allow children to secure understanding and progress logically through the curriculum.
    • Maths No Problem and Power Maths are two high quality text books which are closely aligned to the White Rose materials and allow staff to access a range of examples to inform their planning.
    • Maths for the More Able contains resources designed to provide challenging opportunities to work at greater depth in maths.
    • 1stclass@Number and On Track Maths are resources which support children with specific gaps in their maths knowledge and are designed to be used by skilled practitioners to close these gaps and thereby accelerate progress.

  • Cross-curricular reading- using challenging and inspiring texts to engage children in their learning within maths lessons.

  • Continuous Provision- the integration of maths learning within all areas of the school day.Children engage in a range of maths activities on a daily basis which are embedded in practical, real-world contexts e.g. telling the time, using a thermometer to read the temperature, measuring angles.

  • TT Rockstars – Children have access to TT Rockstars online to allow them to independently practise their times tables both in and out of school.The charts are read out in assembly with children receiving recognition for their achievements.The Year 6 children have the opportunity to enter the TT Rockstars Rock Wrangle, which sees schools from across the region (primary and secondary) compete to win a prestigious prize.

  • Maths Club and TT Rockstars Club – In response to the children’s requests during Pupil Voice discussions, after school clubs run by key Maths Faculty staff to provide further opportunities for children to learn and enjoy maths based activities.

  • MyMaths- A new initiative for September 2018 which allows children to learn independently both in school at home.Further information coming soon!

  • Active Maths-A fantastic programme of supplementary maths education provided by a qualified teacher from Elite Kids Coaching through the medium of P.E.Children take part in engaging, physically active lessons which reinforce the maths curriculum for their year group.

  • Maths of the Day- Teaching key concepts through daily practise and exploration.A new development for September 2018.Further information coming soon!
  • Morning Maths –A daily opportunity for children to consolidate their skills in key areas of maths with a particular focus on the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division).

Let's Count

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We have been using the Let's Count resources to educate our children around the census. Census Day in England and Wales, which is Sunday 21 March 2021. By spreading the word to our community and taking part in the census, we can help make sure our community is counted and our voices are heard.

Year 1

In 1GD we made a pictogram to demonstrate how data can be collected and looked at to build a bigger picture! We found out by looking at our graph, that the most popular fruit in 1GD is melon!

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As part of our Census work, 1BR did a tally chart of our favourite sports.

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Year 6

After learning all about Census Day 2021, we decided to collect our own data about how we travel to school. Like the Government, we also decided to collate, represent and then evaluate and analyse our data. To do this, we created tally charts, line graphs, pie charts and then answered questions, linking back to initial predictions, which allowed us to interpret the data we had collected. Scroll down to see the various stages of our work: