When we teach mathematics at Baildon Glen, we aim to:
- provide our pupils with a mathematics curriculum which will produce individuals who are numerate, literate, creative, independent, inquisitive, enquiring and confident
- provide a stimulating environment and adequate resources so that pupils can develop their mathematical skills to their full potential
- ensure all pupils become fluent in mathematics through varied and frequent practise with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately
- to reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language, and
- enable our pupils to solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions
Children who grasp concepts rapidly will be challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems before any new content is accessed. Children who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier materials should consolidate their understanding, including through additional practice, before moving on.
Teaching and Learning
Teaching and learning follow the Early Years Framework and National Curriculum learning objectives through the White Rose Maths units for each specific year group.
- Teachers will ensure all children have easy access to a variety of resources to help visualise abstract concepts, and know how to use these resources to visualise concepts and ideas to aid their understanding.
- Teachers will provide children will a variety of opportunities to develop and extend their mathematical skills using a variety of concrete, pictorial and abstract activities including: group work, paired work, whole class teaching and individual work.
- Children are taught efficient written methods for each operation as stated in the school’s Calculation Policy.
- Daily lessons include a variety of fluency, problem solving and reasoning activities based on the current maths skill being taught. Children will be given work based on their pre-learning task assessment data.
- Teachers will make full use of Interactive Teaching Platforms and other ICT resources like White Rose Maths presentations to enhance their maths lessons.
- Teachers will, wherever appropriate, include mathematics in other subjects including the creative curriculum.