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 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.
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
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.
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):