Mathematics at Broadheath
Mathematics equips pupils with a uniquely powerful set of tools to understand and change the world. These tools include reasoning, problem-solving and the ability to think in abstract ways. Mathematics is a key life skill, integral to all aspects of life which transcend cultural boundaries and its importance is universally recognised. At Broadheath Primary, we endeavour to ensure that children develop a healthy and enthusiastic attitude to mathematics which will remain with them for the rest of their lives.
The National Curriculum (updated in 2014) prescribes what must be taught in each key stage and year group. We follow the National Curriculum, using a range of resources, including the White Rose maths hub reasoning and problem-solving materials. Learning objectives are adapted to meet the needs of pupils in individual classes by their class teacher.
Our pupils will develop an understanding of:
- Number value, including place value and where numbers fit into the number system
- Number bonds, multiplication tables, doubles and halves
- Mental calculation strategies
- A range of formal calculation methods for all operations, increasing in formality and complexity as they progress through school
- Number problems and how to recognise the operations required to solve them
- The use of reasoning to explain methods using correct mathematical vocabulary
- Whether an answer is reasonable and the strategies for checking such answers where appropriate
- The use of measures, including metric, imperial and non-standard
- How information can be presented in and interpretation, manipulation and construction of a range of graphs, diagrams, charts and tables
- Spatial awareness and the properties of 2D and 3D shapes.
Maths lessons in Key Stages 1 and 2 take place daily and provide opportunities for individual, paired, group and class activities as well as exploiting cross-curricular links to other subjects. In Nursery, focussed maths activities take place once or twice a week.
We set work which is challenging, motivating and encourages children to take responsibility for their own learning.
Mathematics is assessed continuously through daily observation and examination of work and informs future planning. Summative assessment is completed half termly in key stages 1 and 2 (termly in EYFS) through the use of Target Tracker and planned assessment tests.
We recognise the importance of the link between home and school and encourage parental involvement through workshops and parent-teacher meetings. Homework is provided weekly throughout key stages 1 and 2. Weekly maths challenges are shared with parents of children in Reception.