Why We Study Maths
Mathematics equips pupils with a uniquely powerful set of tools to understand and change the world. These tools include logical reasoning, problem-solving skills, the ability to think in abstract ways, and being able to make connections and see patterns. Mathematics is essential in everyday life, necessary for financial awareness and understanding, as well as being a crucial skill in many forms of employment. As a result, a high quality mathematics education provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject. We want our children to develop into confident and competent mathematical thinkers, who are able to apply their mathematical knowledge in a range of real life problems and challenging scenarios. Our aim is that all children acquire a positive attitude towards mathematics, appreciate the importance of mathematics and reach their full potential as mathematicians.
How We Teach Maths
At Broughton Primary, we follow the White Rose Maths scheme of learning. This scheme is split into blocks of learning for each term, and each of these blocks is broken down into a series of small steps. Each small step is a path of progression within the block being taught.
Each lesson will begin with a recap (verbal in KS1 and written in KS2), where the answers are then talked through and marked. This will then be followed by a full class teaching input where the teacher will introduce the “Step” for that lesson with the new concept of learning and work through a variety of examples, which include fluency questions as well as problem solving and reasoning style questions. In the independent work, children progress through the range of activities for the relevant step in their White Rose Maths workbook. The activities in these books mean that each child, every lesson, is exposed to a variety of opportunities to problem solve and reason. Within the independent work time, small groups of children may work with the support of the teacher or a teaching assistant, to either support them in their learning or to challenge them further. Any children who finish the independent work and get all of their answers correct can then challenge themselves with White Rose Maths Fast Finisher questions, which are either linked to the current lesson or previous learning. At the end of the lesson, the teacher may bring either groups of children or the whole class back together for a plenary True or False question, or Flashback 4 which may be written into books or discussed verbally.
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What Is Special About Maths In Our School
At Broughton Primary School, we aim to create an environment where our children aim to reach for the stars and are not afraid to take risks and make mistakes. Therefore we ensure children are exposed to a wide range of opportunities to explore, develop and improve their mathematical skills through a process of enquiry and experiment. Furthermore, our staff are dedicated to offering exciting and stimulating mathematics lessons, which give our children chance to access work at their respective level.