At Bawdeswell Primary we strive to make maths fun, engaging and meaningful to every child. Using a range of equipment (manipulatives), we aim to build children’s concrete understanding of numerical concepts. We then move on to develop this understanding using diagrams and pictures, finally securing children’s understanding at abstract/conceptual level. Our daily maths lessons are planned carefully to improve fluency, reasoning and problem solving skills.
We use the White Rose Maths scheme as a base for our curriculum which gives us a clear progression of skills tied in with the national curriculum, ensuring that all objectives are fully covered. As we have mixed year group classes, most of the time children are covering the same unit within their lessons but they are working on different learning objectives based on age related expectations. We track progress daily to ensure good progress.
Our medium term plans, are adapted according to the needs of the children in the class. At the beginning of each area of learning, children complete a short ‘pre-assessment’ to assess how much they already know about the subject area. These pre-assessments enable teachers to plan more accurately for their classes needs. After a sequence of learning has been taught, children complete a ‘post-assessment’ to measure progress throughout the sequence.