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 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