Mathematics teaching follows the National Primary Framework, along with a range of resource books called Power Maths.
The school began following the Power Maths programme, linked to White Rose Maths in September 2018. This is recommended by the DfE. Follow this link for an overview.
Lessons are daily and adjusted to suit children’s different ability levels. Computer programs and games help understanding and add to enjoyment and we encourage the continued use of these at home – most recently in January 2019 we switched to 'Rock Star Times Tables'. If your child needs their password renewed or you wish to discuss the current progress of your child’s Mathletics please speak directly to the teacher who will be happy to help.
Liz Hopkins was employed by the school (from June 2016) to deliver maths INSET for staff, embed new ways of teaching and help the school to strive for the highest possible outcomes for every child!
In addition to this, in the academic year (2016-2017) we took part in a mathematics trial called 'Moneymatics' which was led by the company Nationwide. The project identified a primary lead teacher in school who received training and support over the academic year to embed a greater financial context into relevant areas of their mathematics curriculum. For more information on the Young Enterprise scheme please click here. The impact in school led to an overall improvement in both teacher delivery and on individual child results.
We invite you to visit our new dedicated Maths website. It is called Maths Tech Fun.
This website also provides examples of our Maths Tech Fun Club activities - this club was a new initiative for introducing parents to some of the fun that can be had in learning maths together - especially through the incorporation of technology. It ran for the Autumn term (2017) and saw both parents and their children working side by side to work on mathematical challenges. We had positive feedback from both parents and children and will look at running again in a future term.
At the Maths Information evenings we cover how we teach maths across the school, see below for the powerpoint presentations: Maths Information Evening Powerpoint
How the children are taught
Children are taught to calculate mentally. Pencil and paper methods of calculation are taught (from Year 1) for when it becomes too difficult to work mentally. Children only use calculators on specific occasions, e.g. when solving problems with larger numbers, for investigating patterns. Number skills are used to solve problems and to carry out number investigations.
Times tables facts are practised in class from Reception through to Year 6 (On 14 September 2017 the Department for Education announced that the Times Tables Check will now be administered for children in Year 4, starting in the 2019-20 academic year).
Mathematics is related to the environment and everyday life including work with money, measuring, weighing, capacity, time and the relationship of size, shape and dimension.
They practise by using and applying their knowledge and skills in everyday situations and when solving problems.
Children are encouraged to practise counting and to learn times tables facts at home.
Children at Bishopstone CE are split into three classes for maths:
- Reception and Year 1 - Miss Pearson
- Year 2/3/4 - Miss Lindsay
- Year 4/5/6 - Mrs Morris
We have recently redeveloped our Maths Calculation Policy (September 2019 - this is currently being produced in a format that we are able to upload on to the website). This has been in consultation with other schools and looking at both the National Curriculum and our previous policy. We also have the additional challenge of mixed year groups. We cover the methods within the new policy, focusing on the strategies that work for the children that are currently in the class.
Tables Challenge (Years 3 &4):