Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject. (National Curriculum 2014)
At Bollin we strive to shape assured, happy and resilient mathematicians who relish the challenge of maths. We want our pupils to become independent, reflective thinkers, whose skills not only liberate them in maths but also support them across the curriculum. The aims of our Mathematics Curriculum are for our pupils to:
- become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils have conceptual understanding and are able to recall and apply their knowledge rapidly and accurately to problems;
- reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language;
- can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
At Bollin we use the White Rose Maths Hub schemes of learning. These schemes provide teachers with exemplification for maths objectives and are broken down into fluency, reasoning and problem solving, key aims of the National Curriculum. They support a mastery approach to teaching and learning and have number at their heart. They ensure teachers stay in the required key stage and support the ideal of depth before breadth. They support pupils working together as a whole group and provide plenty of time to build reasoning and problem solving elements into the curriculum.
Our Maths Framework has a problem based approach to learning where children are challenged appropriately, being introduced to new concepts using the CPA approach.
Children are given the opportunity to apply their understanding to varied, real life contexts, developing fluency and a deeper understanding gained through open questioning and exploration, where reasoning is planned for.
For written calculations it is essential that there is a progression in our teaching which culminates in one method. The individual steps within the progression are important in scaffolding children’s understanding with practical equipment, models and images used to support.
- BOLLIN PROGRESSION IN WRITTEN METHODS
- YEAR 1 CALCULATION
- YEAR 2 CALCULATION
- YEAR 3 CALCULATION
- YEAR 4 CALCULATION
- YEAR 5 CALCULATION
- YEAR 6 CALCULATION
Support for Parents Parents can access some great videos linked to calculations from the Maths No Problem site that help explain the some of the methods that we use. https://mathsnoproblem.com/en/parent-videos/
Times Tables Rock Stars
Times Tables Rock Stars is a carefully sequenced programme of regular times tables practice and is an integral part of our Maths Framework. TTRS is a highly engaging way for children to learn their times tables and and our children love it!
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