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Mathematics

Maths at Bournville Primary School.  

  

  

Rationale 

 

At Bournville Primary School, our aim is to develop our children to be confident mathematicians to allow them to have a greater understanding of the world around and provide a precise means of communication using numbers, symbols and shapes. Teachers implement learning in an enjoyable and practical way and provide appropriate challenge to ensure children have a deeper understanding of the concepts taught. Our approach at Bournville allows children to work collaboratively, to communicate their ideas clearly and to problem solve efficiently. We also provide a learning environment that is rich with vocabulary, models and images to take the children on a journey through pictorial, concrete and abstract learning encompassing varied fluency, reasoning and problem-solving challenges 

  

. Our belief is that, where possible, learning objectives are taught in line with a real life and practical contexts.  

We follow the core aims of the National Curriculum for maths be ensuring that all pupils.  

  • Become fluent in the fundamentals of maths  

  • Are confident to reason mathematically 

  • Can apply their mathematical knowledge to solve problems.  

  

  

Subject organisation and Pedagogy 

As a school, we follow the Power Maths scheme of learning that supports teachers in the planning, preparation and delivery of maths lessons by breaking down the National Curriculum into steps. Small, cumulative steps build a solid foundation of deep mathematical thinking. Power Maths is a whole-class, textbook-based mastery resource that empowers every child to understand and succeed by developing growth mind-sets and encourages perseverance, practice and willingness to see mistakes as learning tools. The mastery-learning model forms the basis of our approach to teaching the daily maths lesson. This means spending greater time going into depth about a subject as opposed to racing through the strands that each child should know. Slowing down the pace and providing opportunities for greater depth, helps prevent children having gaps in their subject knowledge. This curriculum has been developed to allow the learning to take place at this steadier pace and with greater depth enabling time for some children to practise and consolidate their learning whilst others will deepen their understanding through problem solving, explanations, conjectures and reasoning. The focus for all children is to achieve what is expected of their age group and not to go beyond this. Evidence shows that children need to be able to understand a concept and be able to apply it in a range of situations.  

Using the links below, you will be able to see the Yearly overview and breakdown of steps for each year group.  

  

  

 Times Table Rockstars 

Knowing and being able to recall your times tables is vital to mathematical learning and understanding. Because of this, Bournville Primary School is subscribed to Times Table Rock Stars (TTRS). TT Rockstars is a comprehensive and carefully sequences programme of daily times tables practise that we use regularly in school and can be accessed from home. Regular competitions and challenges are set across classes and year groups and this is celebrated in a termly assembly.  

  

Assessments 

Throughout your child's journey at Bournville, there will be statutory assessment that will be completed at different stages.  

  • Year 2 Standard Assessment Tests (SATs) – May 

  • Year 4 Multiplication Tables Check (MTC) – June 

  • Year 6 Standard Assessment Tests – May  

 

National Curriculum Requirements 

Purpose of study 

Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some 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. 

Aims 

The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils: 

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately. 

  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language 

  • can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions. 

  

Useful Links 

https://ttrockstars.com/ 

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/335158/PRIMARY_national_curriculum_-_Mathematics_220714.pdf 

 

 

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