Maths at Bournville Primary School.
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.
The Maths curriculum taught at Bournville uses different schemes to support the teaching. In years 1, 2 and 3 the new White Rose Maths scheme is followed. In years 4, 5 and 6, Power Maths is followed. Recently, White Rose and Power Maths have worked in partnership and during this transition period we are using both. By September 2023, we will be aligned with one Maths scheme to support the teaching of Maths at Bournville.
Both the Power Maths and White Rose schemes support 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. 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.
The curriculum has been developed to allow 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 and reasoning. The focus for all children is to achieve what is expected of their age group and not to go beyond this. The curriculum aims to enable understanding of concepts and the ability to apply it in a range of situations.
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.
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.
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.