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Maths at Beedon CE Primary

Intent

During their time at Beedon, our mathematicians will:

  • Use a wide range of mathematical vocabulary to demonstrate their secure knowledge, recall and fluency of number facts and system
  • Use their knowledge to make connections with different aspects of mathematics
  • Be confident, resilient, and methodical in their approach to solving problems

 

Implementation

Maths is daily and our teachers the White Rose scheme of work as tool for support planning for mixed age classes which develops mastery through fluency, vocabulary and problem solving.  The use of different, appropriate representations, by both adults and pupils, is an approach for making sense of the mathematics (exposing structure) and demonstrating understanding.  Self-refelction is encouraged to promote a growth mindset so that all pupils are prepared to have a go, willing to share even when unsure and understanding that this is when learning is taking place. Our children are learning to be comfortable with not getting everything ‘right’, embracing purposeful struggle. Arithmetic and basic math skills are practised daily to ensure key mathematical concepts are embedded and children can recall this information to see the links between topics. Teachers use a range of other resources to support their planning including NCETM, NRich, Target Maths and Power Maths.  Post Covid, additional manipulative resources were purchased to ensure every child has access to concrete resources to aid their understanding.

Impact

In our maths lessons you will see:

  • Children developing the specialist vocabulary needed to think, speak and write like a mathematician (supported by the teaching of sentence stems)
  • Children developing their mathematical fluency by learning and representing mathematical concepts using concrete apparatus, pictorial representations and abstract, formal methods
  • Children being given opportunities to reason and explain effectively every lesson
  • Children being encouraged  to assess their own work and each other’s work within the lesson
  • Children who show resilience and determination to succeed and who are able to think logically and find ways to solve problems of increasing complexity
  • Children showing that they understand their learning by: representing it in a variety of ways (e.g. using concrete materials, pictures and symbols), explaining it to someone else using their own words and making up their own examples and questions
  •  Children who also use their maths knowledge and skills to support their learning in other curriculum areas such as Science, Design and Technolgy or Geography.

See our letter from Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP

Our calculation policy

Please see our calculation policy for information about the methods we teach in school.  We hold regular parent information sessions and our teachers are always happy to explain new calculation methods to parents.

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