'Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution of history's most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject'.
- Mathematics Programmes of Study, Department for Education 2014
At Thameside Primary School we use the Abacus scheme as a framework to structure mathematics across the school. The scheme provides a series of resources for teachers and children to access online and it outlines a useful progression of skills and knowledge. It is, however, only a starting point and does not provide all of the mathematics that will be taught.
Problem solving, fluency and reasoning are critical for development as a mathematician and opportunities to use mathematics in real-life situations are planned across the curriculum.
Development of quick recall of number facts and mental calculation strategies are taught daily.
Our calculation policy reflects the changes in the new curriculum and supports the use of the Abacus resources.
Watch the video below for more information on the Abacus scheme and the new curriculum.
To help children make sense of and practice their maths, Abacus provides a combination of maths games, interactive activities, pupil videos and pupil worksheets, focused around an interactive pupil world where your child can earn rewards and personalise their learning.
Using the Abacus online pupil world with your child
If you have access to an internet connection, your child can log into the Abacus pupil world at home with their personal login. If you are unsure of your child's login, please contact your child's class teacher.
Parents are reminded that children should be supervised when accessing the internet, in order to ensure they are safe when online. Read more about our e-safety advice here.
Follow the steps below to log in to the pupil world:
1. Go to www.activelearnprimary.co.uk.
2. Enter their login details and click "Log in".
Once your child has logged in, they'll arrive at the Pupil Home. Children can personalise their home screen by choosing a world, which differ depending on key stage.
This is where children can see the activities their teacher has allocated to them. They can see here how many coins each game or activity is worth before completing it.
'My Rewards' is where your child can go to select their rewards after completing allocated games and activities. They can also customise avatars, decorate a tree house, play games and more. The more games and activities your child completes, the more rewards they can unlock and buy.
Don't forget, if your child is having trouble using the pupil world, help can be found in the Help Section of ActiveLearn.
Abacus is a maths toolkit that has been written for the new primary maths curriculum. It's been carefully crafted on a robust teaching approach to creating inspired and confident young mathematicians.