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Maths at Bosbury
Mathematics teaches us how to make sense of the world around us through developing a child’s ability to calculate, to reason and to solve problems. It enables children to understand and appreciate relationships and pattern in both number and space in their everyday lives. Through their growing knowledge and understanding, children learn to appreciate the contribution made by many cultures to the development and application of Mathematics.
The school uses a variety of teaching and learning styles in Mathematics lessons. Our principal aim is to develop children’s knowledge, skills and understanding in Mathematics. We do this through a daily lesson that has a high proportion of whole-class and group-direct teaching in Key Stage 1 and 2.
During these lessons we encourage children to ask as well as answer mathematical questions. They have the opportunity to use a wide range of resources such as number lines, number squares, Numicon and small apparatus to support their work. Mathematical dictionaries are available in all classrooms.
Children use ICT in Mathematics lessons where it will enhance their learning, as in modelling ideas and methods. We encourage the children to use and apply their learning in everyday situations.
We also run a range of enjoyable maths interventions throughout the school designed to give children further practice with mental calculation strategies such as Power of 2, First Class @ Number, Success @ Arithmetic, as well as afternoon catch-up sessions to allow children further practice of concepts covered in class earlier that day. Interventions are carried out several times a week in school, although there is an expectation that children accessing the Power of 2 scheme carry out further learning at home a few times a week in short ten minute intervals using the scheme with parents or carers.
It is our aim in maths to:
⇒ Offer a broad and balanced curriculum
⇒ To develop children’s confidence and competence with numbers and measures
⇒ To present maths in an exciting and challenging way
⇒ To develop children’s ability to apply their skills in problem solving and practical activities
⇒ To ensure that children learn to record their work in an appropriate manner
⇒ To ensure that children are confident in using technical vocabulary to explain their reasoning
⇒ To help children realise that numeracy is relevant in many aspects of their lives and in their immediate environment
We do this by...
⇒ Making maths lessons fun and engaging
⇒ Teaching daily mathematics lessons,
⇒ Providing opportunities for interactive oral work with the whole class and groups
⇒ Placing an emphasis on mental calculation
⇒ Differentiating work to meet the needs of individuals and groups, with all pupils engaged in mathematics
⇒ Empowering the children to self differentiate through our 'Ready, Steady, Go' system
⇒ Making school maths true to real life
⇒ Ensuring the children build their maths concepts through the use models, images and problem solving opportunities.
Long Term Plans
All of our teachers are fully trained in Maths Mastery through the Maths Hub. We use a combination of the National Centre for Excellence in Teaching of Maths Hub resources as well as the White Rose Maths resources to support all of our teaching and planning.
SKILLS PROGRESSION IN MATHS
The below documents are designed for school staff but may also be useful for parents and carers.
MATHS MEETING MATERIALS
A PARENTS' GUIDE TO THE NATIONAL CURRICULUM