Maths at Belgrave provides a secure foundation in number and the four operations of; addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Through frequent practice, learners can recall knowledge rapidly and accurately.
Learners understand how to reason mathematically and apply their understanding to a variety of problem solving problems.
The interconnected nature of mathematics is shared with learners to enable them to interpret different representations of mathematical ideas and use their knowledge to the support the wider curriculum.
Teaching for mastery rejects the idea that a large proportion of people ‘just can’t do maths’. All pupils are encouraged by the belief that by working hard at maths they can succeed. Pupils are taught through whole-class interactive teaching, where the focus is on all pupils working together on the same lesson content at the same time. This ensures that all can master concepts before moving to the next part of the curriculum sequence, allowing no pupil to be left behind. Learning is broken down into small steps to enable learners to master a concept, before moving onto the next part of the curriculum sequence. Significant time is spent developing deep knowledge of the key ideas that are needed to underpin future learning. The structure and connections within the mathematics are emphasised, so that pupils develop deep learning that can be sustained. This is achieved by interleaving the five bog of ideas for mastery; coherence, mathematical thinking, fluency, variation and representation.
We actively seek opportunities for pupils to enhance their maths capital. This is achieved by enabling pupils to contextualise their learning within the real world. Some examples include:
Linking to careers that involve mathematics
STEM club provision, supported by STEM ambassadors
Theatre visit to learn about significant female mathematicians throughout history
In addition to the daily maths lessons, children also complete a daily maths blast. KIRFS (key instant recall facts) such as multiplication tables and addition facts are learnt to automaticity to avoid cognitive overload in the working memory and enable pupils to focus on new concepts. The KIRFS documents provide an overview of each focus, and contain ideas about how parents can support their children with this at home.