At North Bradley School we believe that mathematics is essential for everyday life and the advances on which our economic future depends. It equips our children for the role that science, technology and engineering will play in their future. It is, therefore, fundamentally important that we provide pupils with the best possible mathematics education. We help our children develop a positive and enthusiastic attitude towards mathematics and strive to deliver a stimulating mathematics curriculum that develops our children into confident and competent mathematical thinkers who can apply their knowledge in a range of situations.
Our aims for teaching mathematics at North Bradley CE Primary School are that children will:
- have the ability to recall and apply number facts such as number bonds and multiplication tables rapidly and accurately;
- calculate accurately and efficiently and solve real life problems recognising the operations needed to solve them;
- reason mathematically and explain methods used;
- enjoy mathematics and study it with confidence and a sense of achievement.
In the Foundation Stage we plan mathematical activities that address the learning objectives as set out in Development Matters and the Early Learning Goals. We provide opportunities for children to develop their understanding of number, measurement, pattern, shape and space through a variety of activities, both child and teacher initiated. This allows them to enjoy, explore, practise and talk confidently about mathematics.
Our Mathematics curriculum is set out in year groups as defined in the National Curriculum. This ensures continuity and progression in our teaching. We have adopted the 'White Rose Maths Schemes of learning' and in Year 1 - 3 the maths scheme 'Power Maths' which weaves the three key elements of fluency, reasoning and problem solving to ensure our curriculum challenges and supports all learners. The daily mathematics lesson often includes:
· the use of mental mathematics involving quick recall of mathematical facts;
· demonstration, explanation and instruction by the teacher to the majority of the class;
· at least one guided group session whilst the rest of the class work independently;
· mini plenaries and a final plenary to review the main teaching and learning objectives.
At North Bradley CE Primary school we value breath of understanding over rapid acceleration into the following year group’s objectives. We ensure that children have a secure and deep understanding of mathematics and can apply these in a number of problem solving and real life situations before moving them on to the objectives from the next year group.
“Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly should be challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content” (NC 2014).
We work hard to ensure that our children develop arithmetic proficiency through an appreciation of number and number operations. This enables mental calculations and written procedures to be performed efficiently, fluently and accurately. Our whole school approach to developing children’s written methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division can be found in our calculation progression document. This document ensures progression in the four calculation methods from one year to the next. To support this we use a wide range of practical resources, including Numicon, Dienes, place value counters, cuisenaire rods and real life apparatus in whole class and group activities.
Fluency in mental methods (a rapid recall of number facts such as number bonds and multiplication facts) is essential for successful progression through the National Curriculum expectations. The stages of mental maths skills, through which all children should move, are written in our mathematics passports which the majority of the children in the school progress through, building on their mental arithmetic skills year on year.
When appropriate, we provide 1-1, pre- teaching and small group interventions for children across the school. Both KS1 and KS2 have a dedicated interventions teacher or teaching assistant who supports children at all ability levels to ensure that all children meet their full potential.
Mathematics can contribute towards many subjects within the primary curriculum and opportunities are sought to draw mathematical experiences out of a wide range of activities. This provides opportunities for children to begin to use and apply their mathematics in real contexts.
The computer based programme, 'Mathletics' is used in the Yr 5/6 class to provide a link between home learning and school. This interactive and fun programme engages and enthuses the children in a stimulating, interactive environment which supports and consolidates the learning in class. In Year 3 and 4 they use the computer based programme 'Times table rock stars' which is a carefully sequenced programme of daily times table practice.
We are also very proud to have achieved the Basic Skills Quality Mark for the third time which recognises our continuous improvements in the provision, practice and performance of mathematics.