Maths is a journey and long-term goal, achieved through exploration, clarification, practice and application over time. At each stage of learning, children should be able to demonstrate a deep, conceptual understanding of the topic and be able to build on this over time. A typical Maths lesson will provide the opportunity for all children, regardless of their ability, to work through Fluency, Reasoning and Problem Solving activities. Objects, pictures, words, numbers and symbols are everywhere. The mastery approach incorporates all of these to help children explore and demonstrate mathematical ideas, enrich their learning experience and deepen understanding. Together, these elements help cement knowledge so pupils truly understand what they’ve learnt.
At Biscovey Academy the teaching and learning of mathematics is a high priority as we recognise it as an essential skill for life. Our children are taught the 3 main areas of the National Curriculum Fluency, Reasoning and Problem Solving through a mastery curriculum.
In order to meet raised national expectations within the National Curriculum we ensure that all of our children develop a deep and sustainable understanding of mathematical concepts through a maths curriculum which promotes a rich understanding of mathematical concepts taught in small steps in a systematic way.
We strive to offer a Maths curriculum which is consistent, sustainable and progressive through continuously looking at ways in which we can enhance the teaching and learning of mathematics within our school. All teachers are passionate about the teaching of mathematics, and strive to ensure context of mathematics is firmly embedded in the immersive learning experiences for all children.
Through our Maths teaching, we aim to provide children with opportunities for reasoning and problem solving, as well as incorporating the use of concrete manipulatives and visual images for children to interpret.
Over the last two years, led by our Maths Lead, Mrs Sarah Walters, we have been working towards improving and deepening our children’s understanding of Maths. All teachers and TAs have worked tirelessly to improve our children’s understanding of Maths through development of the Teaching for Mastery approach within our school.
This has involved training on each of the principles of teaching for Mastery as well as demonstration lessons, planning support, coaching and mentoring and enhancing our classroom mathematical environments. In addition, we have also received additional support from Mrs Shelley Beckerleg (NCETM Professional Development Lead, Specialist Leader of Education, Maths Mastery Lead for Aspire Academy Trust), who has worked closely with our Maths Lead, to further develop the Maths within our school. We are committed to ensuring that we give children every opportunity to move their understanding of maths into GDS (Greater Depth Standard) throughout the school.
“The charms of mathematics only reveal themselves to those who have the courage to go deeply into it.” Carl Friedrich Gauss
“Any fool can know. The point is to understand.” Albert Einstein