Reception – Year 5 – Maths Makes Sense

21st September 2015

What is maths makes sense?

Maths is so important!  Children need to:

  • Learn the skills of numeracy, measuring and drawing that can be used in everyday life and developed later for the specific demands of particular career.
  • Be given access to thinking and reasoning skills that are vital in day-to-day life.
  • Learn to think abstractly – an invaluable skill across all subject areas.

The Maths Makes Sense way of learning is designed to teach abstract ideas with great clarity.  This is very important for Gatehouse ACE Academy because our tracking and monitoring systems have identified that some of our children lack conceptual understanding which, historically has been a barrier to their learning.

Children from reception – year 5 in our school are now learning Maths Makes Sense (MMS), a carefully designed programme that uses special vocabulary, physical actions and concrete objects like paper cups to help all children become confident mathematicians.

We would like to invite parents to come and see Maths Makes Sense being taught in classes now, where we will spend a few minutes in each class. 

At this stage, we are offering parents to come in from 9am – 10am on a Wednesday morning.  I have put a sign-up sheet in the school reception.  Logistically, the maximum number for each session will be 8.   It will be on a first come basis.  If you are unable to make a Wednesday, but you would like to see MMS in school, please let Sue in the office know and we will look at offering some sessions at a different time next term.

Yours sincerely,

Kate Burgess


Dates of sessions for Autumn term:

Wednesday 21st October

Wednesday 3rd December