During maths lessons, which take place every morning, the children are given the opportunity to explore new learning and develop their mastery of the subject. Teachers are enthusiastically planning new ways to apply mathematical skills to real life, concrete contexts as this is the main focus of our maths teaching. They are also constantly looking for opportunities to ensure that maths is not taught as a discrete subject but is applied to the school's entire curriculum and indeed, links to maths are made throughout the whole entire school day. This could be in science where their statistical knowledge is essential, or in the form of an investigation, linked to our creative curriculum, or even on the playing fields in PE where data and recording might be necessary. We fundamentally believe that mathematics is an area of learning where all children should be empowered to see the relevance in their everyday life, to be given the chance to enjoy and master it and to truly excel. At Bishops Down we nurture a growth mindset meaning that all children can achieve in maths and, where children have 'not yet' grasped a concept fully, they can make progress with perseverance, practice and further opportunities.
Below you will find all the information you need in regards to the Maths Curriculum. Please click on the links to take you to each area.
Years 1 to 6 - Big Maths Beat That!
Maths homework in curriculum year 2017/18 will take the form of a scheme called 'Big Maths Beat That!' This helps the children with quick recall of number facts. The children will have a quick test which takes around 5 minutes on a Monday and then take the same test on a Friday. They can practice the questions they answer incorrectly by taking the paper home and getting help from parents and guardians. Some children will accurately answer all the questions correctly so they aim to achieve quicker times each week they sit the paper. The scheme runs for 10 weeks and can be rerun to increase accuracy and speed. Big Maths Beat That! was trialled in year 3 last year and is being successfully used in other schools in Tunbridge Wells. As the children are not used to the timings of these tests, class teachers are giving them as much time as they need to start with and then the time will be reduced as they get used to them. Please note MyMaths will no longer be used and logins have now stopped working.
Click here for some Big Maths Beat That! tests
Years 1 and 2 - 'Inspire Maths' Support and Information for Parents and Guardians
From September 2016, the school will be introducing Singapore Maths in Year 2 after the success of rolling out Inspire Maths last year in Year 1. Although not all current year groups will access this curriculum scheme in its entirety, the approaches and applications from this scheme will be transferred across all the year groups in the school to ensure all pupils benefit from this new approach.
Inspire Maths is a transformational, whole-school primary maths programme based on the leading Singapore Maths series My Pals are Here, used in 100% of Singapore's state primary schools.
- Accessible pupil textbooks introduce concepts in a highly scaffolded way, enabling all children to develop critical thinking skills, make mathematical connections and become confident mathematicians
- Built on a concrete - pictorial - abstract approach, ensuring secure foundations and deep understanding of mathematical concepts
- Uses a spiral progression to develop fluency, reasoning, and problem solving and conceptual understanding for mastery
Years 3, 4 ,5 and 6 - White Rose Hub Support and Information for Parents & Guardians
Bishops Down use White Rose Maths Hub as a source of information for long-term curriculum plans. They listen to what teachers want and mastery overviews have been developed by primary practioners in conjunction with the White Rose Maths Hub. They provide a curriculum plan that will support ‘Teaching for Mastery’.
Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 - Maths Passport Support and Information for Parents and Guardians
The Maths Passports are a strategy used for improving children's mental maths skills. These have now been updated and are in line with the changes in the new National Curriculum expectations.
- What is it?
- The Passport
- Stage 1 Europe
- Stage 2 Asia
- Stage 3.1 Africa
- Stage 3.2 South Africa
- Stage 4 Australasia
- Stage 5 Antartica
- Stage 6 North America
- Stage 7 South America
- Stage 8 Globetrotters
Here are a list of recommended maths websites you may wish to try with your children:-
Hit The Button
KS2 Problem-solving games