At Brading CE Primary School, we want our pupils to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics and to develop conceptual understanding with the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly.
We want our pupils to be able to reason and problem-solve by applying their mathematics to a variety of increasingly complex problems. It is important that we build upon children’s knowledge and understanding from year 1 to year 6 and give pupils the tools to develop the resilience that enables them to reason and problem-solve with increased confidence.
At Brading, we embrace a ‘can do’ attitude, where pupils can achieve regardless of their starting point. We ensure full topic coverage that creates continuity and progression in the teaching of mathematics through small steps in learning. Daily maths lessons include fluency, reasoning and problem-solving opportunities with the use of concrete resources and pictorial representations, such as place value counters and place value charts, to support pupils’ conceptual understanding and to make links across topics. Lessons are appropriately differentiated to ensure there is appropriate challenge for all learners and to ensure that learning is matched to individual needs. Pupils are individually assessed at regular intervals throughout the year.
Well-planned sequences of learning support pupils to develop and refine their maths skills. The children are able to independently apply their knowledge to a range of increasingly complex problems and are able to choose appropriate resources and representations independently, in order to support them in this. Through the mastery approach for maths, most pupils will achieve through small steps in learning and will be able to reason with increased confidence and accuracy. Pupils’ progress is tracked through end-of-block assessments, as well as through teacher assessment, which is recorded on a half termly basis using Otrack.