Maths at Boughton Monchelsea
Our aim at Boughton Monchelsea is that children enjoy learning maths and are able to see how important it is in all our everyday lives. As they move through the school, children build on their previous learning to develop new understanding and tackle new challenges.
Children study maths at Boughton Monchelsea through the mastery approach. This is a way of learning in which children work collaboratively to build their skills in fluency, reasoning and problem-solving, in order to master mathematics.
We aim for children to develop deep understanding through using images, practical materials and real-life contexts for applying mathematical knowledge. Children are taught to talk about their thinking, explain their reasoning and describe proofs.
Children who have demonstrated good understanding in their lessons are given opportunities to develop their learning at greater depth, so that all children are challenged appropriately, while those pupils who need it are given tailored additional support.
Maths across the curriculum
We follow the 2014 National Curriculum for maths. The content of the curriculum in all year groups is challenging, so it is vital that children are given the best possible start.
In Reception, children explore mathematics through practical activities in their indoor and outdoor learning environments, as well as by practising counting and number recognition. They are given opportunities to experience maths and solve problems in real-life contexts, for example by ordering, construction and comparing mass. Our outdoor ‘maths shed’ and the maths areas inside the class are full of fun resources and activities to promote enthusiasm and understanding of maths in this crucial first year of schooling.
As children move into Key stage 1, they are taught how to represent and use numbers in a variety of ways. They use practical resources including number strings, cubes and Numicon to model number sentences and support their developing calculation skills. Later, they learn pictorial methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and then begin to move onto written methods. They also learn how to use measures accurately and describe and create shapes accurately. By the end of Year 2, children are expected to be able to apply their mathematical skills and solve problems independently.
In Key Stage 2, children move on to more formal methods of calculation, including using fractions and decimals. As in earlier years, they continue to use practical resources and diagrams to model concepts. Children are given regular opportunities to rehearse their fluency and reasoning, while continuing to develop their ability to solve increasingly sophisticated mathematical problems.
Details of the curriculum content for each year group is available on our curriculum page.
The methods of calculation the children learn as they move through the school are included in our calculation policy. We have adopted this policy (developed by a group of schools in Wandsworth) because it includes clear, detailed descriptions of the methods, as well as suggestions for improving pupils’ understanding.
Please click to see information from our recent calculation workshop for parents.
How parents can help
We hope that parents and carers will be involved in their child’s journey towards the mastery of maths, and there are links to some excellent learning resources on our Wow websites page.
The Family maths toolkit is especially aimed at supporting families to do maths together, and there are some fun and free activities on their website. There are suggestions for key questions parents can use in the presentation from our problem solving workshop.