Maths curriculum intent
At Bryn St Peters, we aim to provide our pupils with a high quality mathematics education that equips them with key skills and conceptual understanding, and develops their ability to communicate their mathematical reasoning and become critical thinkers.
We aim to:
- Develop mathematical competency, skills and understanding across key concepts.
- Develop fluent mathematicians, who are able to apply their mathematical knowledge to a variety of problems.
- Develop pupils’ ability to reason about mathematical concepts by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, developing an argument, justification or proof.
- Develop pupils’ ability to make connections within the mathematics programme of study, the whole school curriculum and the wider world.
- Develop independent problem solvers who take risks in their learning, persevere in seeking solutions and challenge themselves.
- Foster an enjoyment of mathematics.
Maths curriculum implementation
At Bryn St. Peter’s Primary, our inclusive curriculum is carefully planned to ensure that all pupils develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competency in solving problems. Units across a year group build upon previous skills and pupils are encouraged to make connections with other areas of learning in the curriculum, helping them to deepen their understanding. Children move through each year group at broadly the same pace, although additional support may be required for some learners by way of manipulatives, peer or adult support, or intervention to ensure that there are no gaps in learning.
Sequences of lessons build on prior learning, have clear learning objectives and promote use of subject-specific vocabulary. The quality of mathematical vocabulary that children hear and speak is key to presenting a mathematical justification, argument or proof. All children, when introduced to a new concept, will have the opportunity to build competency by taking the concrete – pictoral – abstract approach. This will allow children to embed understanding as they move through the school, giving them confidence to choose an appropriate, efficient method as they progress to upper Key Stage 2. Children are continually stimulated through series of challenges.
In each year group, children build upon their knowledge of number and times tables and there is dedicated time to develop fluency and confidence to apply the skills to a wide variety of contexts. Previous learning is kept on the bubble through weekly big maths, daily fluent in five or short bursts of mental work throughout the day.
Teachers create opportunities for children to reason through explaining, convincing, justifying and proving their ideas. And problem solving is weaved through every unit of work. Children are guided to work systematically, breaking problems down into smaller steps, using and applying known facts and knowledge, and persevering in seeking solutions.
Maths curriculum impact
Children at Bryn St. Peter’s Primary become confident mathematicians, who exude an enjoyment of the subject. Children develop procedural fluency and conceptual fluency, giving them the confidence to solve problems and reason mathematically, using mathematical vocabulary. Children seek and recognise relationships and make connections within maths lessons, the wider curriculum and the wider world.
Learning times tables and division facts
Follow the link below to find out more about year group expectations and guidance to support your child in learning their times tables and division facts. All children from Y2 - Y6 have their login details for TT Rockstars in their reading records. Spend a bit of time on this as often as possible to improve your recall of times table and division facts. You can practise all times tables in the garage, you can practise a chosen times table in the jamming session and you can build up your speed of recall in the studio so that you can move up the school leaderboard.
Numberblocks is a CBeebies series that teaches children about numbers through animation with fun songs, games and adventure. It is aimed at Reception and KS1 children. Take a look and learn together.
Subitising is the ability to recognise the number of things quickly without counting. Subitising is a significant element of maths in Reception. Click on the links to find out more.
If you want to help your child to develop their subitising skills, play a dice game with your child, or have a game of dominoes at home. Can your child recognise the number without counting the spots?