Bounds Green is a happy and successful school community because:
· We CHALLENGE every child to be ambitious and achieve success in their learning.
· We VALUE respect and responsibility, individuality and inclusivity, confidence and kindness.
· We NURTURE each unique child to value themselves and develop self-worth in order to thrive in life.
Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject. (National Curriculum in England September 2013)
We expect every child to reach success by focusing on every child and fostering a growth mind-set.
Early Years Foundation Stage
The skills children learn in early years will be with them for the rest of their lives. In EYFS, children learn about counting and understand numbers to 10 in depth by learning how these numbers are related to one another and looking for patterns within them. By mastering number, the children acquire a strong foundation on which their future mathematical knowledge can build and they do this using real objects to apply and deepen their understanding and combine with vocabulary to help them describe and explain their ideas. Children also need rich experiences in order to develop ideas in shape, space and measure.
Children will develop:
Counting skills beyond 20
A deep understanding of all numbers to 10
Automatic recall of pairs of numbers that make 5 and beyond to make 10
Vocabulary of greater than, less than and equal to by comparing quantities
Language linked to shape, length, weight, height, capacity, position, time and money
This will make them ready for Year 1
Key-Stages One and Two
Children’s understanding of number develops significantly through KS1 so that by the time they reach the end of Year 2, children are confident and fluent with whole numbers, counting and place value. This approach means they can confidently apply their understanding of number to other areas of mathematics such as measure where they study length, mass, capacity/volume, time and money, and statistics. They become increasingly knowledgeable about the properties of different shapes and the vocabulary used to describe them and they apply their knowledge of them to compare and sort them.
Concepts in number are developed further through KS2 with a focus on the four operations using both written and mental methods which involve increasingly large whole numbers. In time, they develop connections between multiplication and division with fractions and decimals, percentages and ratio so that they apply a deep understanding to a wide range of increasingly complex problems. This incremental development of ideas in number together with a more sophisticated vocabulary to describe and explain their ideas, underpins high-level teaching in measure, statistics, geometry and algebra.
A daily Maths lesson
Based directly on the national curriculum programmes of study, our bespoke mastery curriculum is carefully sequenced and ‘elastic’ to ensure progression and depth of understanding which is essential before moving on
By following the children’s needs, interests and individual experiences, our bespoke curriculum is based exactly on the children we see before us; it is relevant and meaningful to them, respectful of them and responsive to their lived experiences
We emphasise vocabulary and language to help children describe, explain and remember their mathematical understanding
Children review newly acquired vocabulary daily and revise prior vocabulary regularly to ensure progress is made, recall is strong and understanding is secure
We use a wide range of manipulatives, pictorial representations and diagrams to support all children in gaining conceptual understanding of ideas and internal structures of numbers and operations.
We ensure daily practice of fundamental number facts to help children store these in their long-term memory
We encourage children to make connections based on known facts so that they realise they have access to an infinite number of other facts
We scaffold and challenge all children to achieve confidence and independence in mathematics through the use of manipulatives, vocabulary and language, repetition and rapid intervention where appropriate
We bring problem-solving to the foreground because we want children to explore ideas for themselves by making observations, spotting patterns, highlighting connections, following their hunches, considering alternative ways of doing something and to wrestle with their efforts
Teachers’ expertise in maths teaching is developed through carefully identified CPD courses and by regular meetings and team-teaching with our AHT for Teaching and Learning / Maths Lead
We assess children’s understanding through dynamic, short-cycle, formative assessment so that we can react quickly to any developing misconceptions
Written summative test suites take place twice a year for children from Y2 – Y5, and more frequently in Y6.
Regular monitoring and evaluation of children’s learning shows us that children’s attitudes towards mathematics are positive and that they are frequently excited by their learning
Our monitoring of progress shows that children learn well and remember well
KS1 outcomes are better than National at expected and above expected standards
Progress in Mathematics at KS2 has improved each year since 2017 and that outcomes at the end of KS2 are higher than National at expected and above expected standards
Feedback from secondary schools tells us that children from Bounds Green school achieve well in mathematics beyond primary school and many go on to study beyond GCSE.