Mathematics at Battle Hill Primary

Possibility, Enrichment, Emotional Awareness, Community

Intent

At Battle Hill Primary, we strive to deliver a quality maths curriculum through stimulating and engaging lessons which ignite an interest in the power and beauty of maths as well as the joy of problem solving. We want children to be equipped with the essential maths skills for everyday life and have an awareness of the range of possibilities available to them through maths. Children will learn to be resilient, learn from their mistakes and to reason mathematically.  We intend for children will be confident in transferring these skills across every aspect of life.

 

Implementation

Organisation of curriculum content

  • We follow the Maths National Curriculum supported by the White Rose Maths Schemes of work and the NCETM  Mastery resources  as a guide to support planning, teaching and assessment. 
  • Our calculation policy is used within school to provide a consistent approach to the teaching of the four operations.

 

Our approach – teaching for mastery

  • Coherence-Lessons are broken down into small connected steps that gradually unfold the concept, providing access for all children and the ability to apply the concept to a range of problems/contexts.
  • Representation and Structure
    Representations are used in lessons expose the mathematical structure being taught, the aim being that students can do the maths without recourse to the representation (Learning develops through the concrete, pictorial and abstract)
  • Mathematical Thinking
    Ideas are to be understood deeply by being thought about, reasoned with and discussed with others
  • Fluency
    Regular quick and efficient recall of facts and procedures and the flexibility to move between different contexts and representations of mathematics (Registration maths meetings, provide opportunity for repeated practise. Also APPS inc Times table Rockstars)
  • Variation
    1. We ensure concepts are shown, taught and practised in a variety of ways to develop deep understanding  (different models, representation, orientation, context).

     2. Lessons, activities, exercises are sequenced to develop thinking.

     3. Children are encouraged to consider what is kept the same and what changes, to connect the mathematics and draw  attention to mathematical relationships and structure.  

(approach taken from NCETM model)

       

Profile of Maths

  • Teachers engage in regular CPD and professional discussions to ensure they are delivering the highest quality maths curriculum possible.
  • Strong links between school and home ensure parents and carers have a strong understanding of how we teach Maths and how they can help their child improve.
  • Children get the opportunity to use and apply their maths skills across all subjects.
  • Every Friday, we celebrate children’s success in the Times Table Challenge
  • STEM week – creative activities to highlight the amazing opportunities Stem subjects provide.
  • High Achievers have the opportunity to experience puzzle days with other local school pupils.

 

Impact

The Maths curriculum at Battle Hill allows the children develop:

  • Their understanding of the important concepts and an ability to make connections within mathematics.
  • A broad range of skills in using and applying mathematics.
  • Fluent knowledge and recall of number facts and the number system.
  • The ability to show initiative in solving problems in a wide range of contexts, including the new or unusual.
  • The ability to think independently and to persevere when faced with challenges, showing a confidence of success.
  • The ability to embrace the value of learning from mistakes and false starts.
  • The ability to reason, generalise and make sense of solutions.
  • Fluency in performing written and mental calculations and mathematical techniques.
  • A wide range of mathematical vocabulary.
  • A commitment to and passion for the subject.

 

We aim that children will leave Battle Hill with a love for maths, broadened aspirations and a belief of gender equality in STEM subjects!