Maths at Belmont
UNCRC Article 28 & 29: The right to a good quality education.
At Belmont, we believe Mathematics is essential in child development from EYFS through to KS1 and KS2. We intend to deliver a curriculum which:
- Promotes the enjoyment of learning through practical lessons and our exploration.
- Develops pupils’ confidence with the number system.
- Develops pupils’ resilience to problem-solve with assurance.
- Supports pupils to reason with confidence and accuracy.
- Encourages pupils to apply their knowledge to Maths in everyday life.
Pupils will build upon previous knowledge and known facts to reason, make connections and develop their understanding of the KS2 curriculum. We want children to learn to appreciate the contribution made by many people to the development of Mathematics in our ever-growing society.
We are currently in our third year of the DfE-funded Maths Hubs programme. This academic year's staff CPD will focus on ensuring that staff at all levels understand the mastery approach and pedagogy. *Please note that as of September 2021 we are beginning our third year as part of the Maths Mastery Hub but with the impact of Covid-19 interrupting both the end of our first year and much of our second year, we are still working towards the above being done fluently, confidently and consistently across our school as of September 2021.
We have developed a Maths Mastery approach for pupils in the Early Years through to Year 6 using the National Curriculum, White Rose and Power Maths. It is important for teachers to embed the belief that all pupils can all achieve high standards in mathematics
Teaching and learning
- Established CPD programme that enables teacher to plan using the progression documents and schemes of work.
- Personalised learning to enable in-depth knowledge through well planned and sequenced individual support. Sequential lessons enable students to build on prior knowledge by utilising their prerequisite knowledge.
- Same-day intervention (wherever possible).
- Using the Power Maths scheme (DFE approved) to ensure consistency and progression throughout the school, which is fully aligned with the White Rose Maths scheme.
Fluency sessions are integrated throughout the week and on Fluency Friday in order to further embed a concept or topic in a more practical lesson and key vocabulary is taught and revisited regularly to consolidate and develop mathematical language to deepen their understanding of various concepts.
Frequent practise will provide children with a solid understanding as well as the ability to recall facts quickly and fluently so that they can apply them in a variety of contexts.
We hold daily arithmetic sessions to help children become numerate. The goal of these sessions is to allow children to practise number facts in order to improve their recall speed. We believe that mastering number facts will also provide our children with the confidence to apply their knowledge in a variety of contexts. These sessions are usually 10 minutes long and take place before the math lesson. They consist of singing and chanting number facts, rapid recall of number bonds or times tables, and arithmetic questions based on their year group expectations.
Use of concrete resources, pictorial representations and abstract thinking (the C-P-A approach provides the opportunity to consolidate and deepen their understanding of each topic).
All classrooms have a Mathematical zone of learning, demonstrating the relevant knowledge and skills which reflect the current thinking and learning. This supports pupils when they engage in independent learning.
At Belmont, each child will be confident and use their knowledge to develop a more in-depth understanding of various fluency problems, as well as problem-solving and reasoning. This will be achieved through ongoing assessment throughout each lesson, as well as questioning during whole-class discussions and investigations and summative assessments.
Teachers and support staff understand the mastery approach and pedagogy. Pupils will be more engaged in Maths lessons and talk passionately about Mathematics, making connections with other subjects and the wider world. Pupils will persevere when facing mathematical challenges and confidently use concrete resources and visual representations to aid them in finding solutions. When discussing mathematical concepts, we will have children who are more articulate. With use of specific online programmes, we hope to celebrate the accomplishments of all pupils. Therefore, allowing all students to demonstrate confidence in their ability to succeed in all areas of Maths with us and beyond.
In order to practise skills learnt in the classroom, it is essential that children revisit their learning at home. We provide a number of online learning resources that children should use regularly at home.
Numbots is an online resource to support your children’s Mathematics in Early Years, Key Stage 1 and early Key Stage 2.
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Times Table Rockstars (TTRS)
We expect all children at Belmont to have a secure grasp of the multiplication tables. Just like learning to walk before you can run, learning multiplication and memorising the times tables are building blocks for other maths topics taught in school – such as division, long multiplication, fractions and algebra. We explicitly teach and assess times tables. We recognise that pupils who do not memorise the times tables will find many aspects of maths much more difficult than they need to be. We therefore ask parents/ carers for support in helping their children to learn the multiplication tables.
Help your children learn their tables by clickling here to find out more.
White Rose 1 -Minute Maths
The 1-Minute Maths app helps children build greater number confidence and fluency. It’s all about targeted practice in engaging, one-minute chunks!
White Rose 1-Minute Maths to find out more.
Purple Mash includes 11 varied and engaging maths games, covering everything from times tables to fractions. They are perfect for introducing a new topic or reinforcing learning at home.
Please click the below to view our maths overviews and progression document.