Maths is taught daily at Brenzett. In Years 1-6, this takes the form of discrete lessons but children are also provided with opportunities to develop their knowledge of times tables, number bonds and addition/subtraction facts.
We teach Maths using a ‘Mastery’ approach. This means we aim for all pupils to have a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject of Maths.
At the heart of the mastery approach is the firm belief that all children can succeed in Maths and the belief that you are either ‘good’ at Maths or ‘not good’ is debunked.
As a school, we promote a growth mindset and we do not impose a ‘ceiling’ on pupils’ expected levels of achievement.
Children are taught according to the expectations as set out in the National Curriculum. In order to achieve the objectives, pupils learn by using concrete manipulatives like the ones shown below.
They also use pictorial representations like these.
Our aim is that pupils are confident using abstract methods too.
Pupils are encouraged to ‘move’ within the concrete-pictorial-abstract approach to ensure competence and confidence.
It is important that children can memorise times tables, number bonds and addition/subtraction facts. Whilst pupils practise these in school daily, they are expected to do regular practice at home. At Brenzett, we subscribe to Times Tables Rock Stars which is a fun, interactive way of developing fluency.
There are also many other websites and apps that help children improve the speed of their recall: