Through Covid19 we trialled and then adopted 'MyMaths' as an online platform that children at Bishopstone could use at home. This allowed us to set individual targets, lessons and work for each individual child that was unable to attend school during Lockdown. Click here for parent letter - 13/03/2020
Staff continue to be supported by up-to-date information through the attendance of a maths hub/CPD sessions. This is run by Liz Hopkins Consultancy. Meetings currently held online were: 27/01/2020, 31/03/2020 and 22/06/2020.
Information regarding the new multiplication check for parents - click here. The multiplication check did not occur in 2020 due to Covid19. It will start for the first time in 2021.
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. Medium and long term planning is taken from WhiteRose and integrated with Power Maths. For Autumn 2020 we will be following the WhiteRose adapted plans due to Covid19. Click here to review.
Lessons are daily 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'.
How the children are taught at Bishopstone CE
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/Year 1/Year 2 - Miss Pearson
- Year 3/4 - Miss Lindsay
- Year 5/6 - Mrs Morris
We follow Whiterose maths planning and assessment, see below for our 'small steps assessment' sheets that we follow for each child. This helps us to continually revise and revisit for individual children where required. Our Maths Calculation Scheme is directly utilised from White Rose Maths - click here for the individual year group explanations. We also have the additional challenge of mixed year groups.
For our recent pupil voice in maths questionnaire - KS1 click here, KS2 click here
For our Maths Calculation policy relating to year groups click here
For examples of how the maths is taught in each year (through the policy) click here
Assessment in Maths - click below for the year group you are interested in
At the Maths Information evenings we cover how we teach maths across the school, see below for the powerpoint presentations: Maths Information Evening Powerpoint
Tables Challenge (Years 3 &4):