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Bilton Infant School‘Be the best we can be’

Welcome toBilton Infant School‘Be the best we can be’

Maths

What do we want our curriculum to achieve?

Our children will be FLUENT in the fundamentals of mathematics (Number, Measurement, Geometry and Statistics) enabling them to:

 

  • Be fluent in counting, number bonds and times tables (as year group appropriate)
  • Use precise mathematical vocabulary
  • Reason mathematically
  • Solve real-life problems, both within Maths lessons and across the wider curriculum
  • Gain a deeper understanding of concepts, by using concrete resources and pictures prior to abstract learning.

How do we fulfil this?

 

We use Power Maths as our primary scheme of learning, founded on the conviction that 'everybody can'. Teachers are encouraged to personalise this based on the needs of their cohort, using their own formative and summative assessments.

 

Power Maths’ cohesive approach builds on each concept in small, progressive steps, through child-centred learning.  Each lesson embraces the C-P-A approach (Concrete - Pictorial - Abstract) enabling children to build on prior learning, see patterns and make connections:

 

  • Concrete resources:  children use resources to 'do' the Maths
  • Pictorial:  children 'see' the Maths in pictures or draw their responses
  • Abstract:  children can 'understand' the Maths by visualizing 


Within EYFS, children receive daily Maths lesson exploring new learning.  Throughout the week the children have the opportunity to explore Maths within a real-life context, share their ideas in whole class and group learning, complete directed tasks and use their mathematical thinking across the provision. 

 

KS1 pupils receive daily Maths lessons based around this clear lesson structure:

 

Power up

Maths fluency skills (linked to new learning)

 

EYFS pupils will practise their fluency skills of counting or number facts daily.

 

KS1 children  have a separate 5 – 10-minute fluency session to practise their counting or number facts. 

  

Discover

Real life problem to discover today's new learning 

Every lesson starts with a Discover task to get children to solve a problem that aims to generate curiosity. During the Discover section children may use manipulatives to help them understand the maths and explain their method.  

Share

Talking and eliciting Maths linked to the problem (above), using concrete & pictorial representations

The next stage encourages children to Share the methods they have tried to solve the problem in Discover.

Think Together

Practising the new learning in a scaffolded way, using C-P-A

We only learn when we are thinking! In this section we take the approach “I do, we do, you do”, as children apply the knowledge they have just learned in a series of problems that continue to encourage thinking throughout.

Practice

Children work independently to practise the new learning, still accessing concrete resources, if needed.

Children are then ready for some independent practice.

Reflect

Time to reflect of lesson’s new learning, usually through reasoning problems

The final Reflect question helps the children evaluate whether they have understood the key concept and small step that they have been trying to master in the lesson.

 

At the end of each unit of learning, teachers will reflect on the child’s evidence of learning to decide if they have grasped that concept or whether they require further support to enable them to access the next steps in learning. 

 

At the end of each term teachers will provide summative assessments as to whether children are Working Towards, Expected or Greater Depth in the Maths units taught so far that academic year.  In EYFS, summative assessments are also completed termly against the EYFS profile.

 

At the end of each key stage, teachers provide a summative assessment in Mathematics against the Early Learning Goals (EYFS) and the Key Stage 1 Teacher Assessment Frameworks (Year 2).

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