At Bracken Leas School we want all children have the confidence to achieve their full potential in maths.
We encourage the children to view maths as challenge to enjoy and to recognise if they are finding a task difficult they just haven’t got there ‘yet’.
Each year group follows the progression set out in the National Curriculum. At the heart of this are the three aims that all pupils:
- Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, through varied and frequent practice of different problems.
- Reason mathematically.
- Can solve problems.
We aim to do this using a variety of methods to develop a visual and conceptual understanding of the areas being covered. Each class throughout the school has a set of ‘Maths boxes’ full of practical equipment that the children can use to help them with their understanding.
We also ensure that a variety of activities are used to develop in depth reasoning of the mathematics being taught, and that children have the confidence to discuss the methods they have used to work out problems.
Children are encouraged to see the link to ‘Real Life’ maths, to give meaning to what they are learning. Teachers also use a scheme called ‘Busy Ant Maths’ by Collins Education, to plan and deliver lessons.
In Year 1 and 2 children are regularly tested on their knowledge of their number bonds up to 20 and their doubles to 20. Weekly timetables tests are set from Year 3 upwards.