At Benedict Biscop CE Academy, we aim to develop an appreciation of power of mathematics and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
We expect pupils to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics so that they develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately and be able to solve problems and reason by applying their mathematics to a variety of situations with increasing sophistication, including in unfamiliar contexts. Through mathematical talk, children will develop the ability to articulate, discuss and explain their thinking. As a school we following a mastery approach to teaching mathematics, instilling the Concrete Pictorial Abstract [CPA] practices at all times.
We use the ‘Singapore approach’ to Mathematics, following the INSPIRE curriculum.
Our INSPIRE Mastery Maths curriculum has three core aims, children:
- to enable pupils to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately
- to develop reasoning mathematically, by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and making generalisations [developing an argument, justification or proof and using mathematical language]
- to be able to solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions
These aims are delivered through a coherent journey of small steps, leading to a deep understanding and mastery of the subject.
Below, you can find out what we cover in each year group.
In Early Years we believe that developing a strong grounding in number is essential so that all children develop the necessary building blocks to excel mathematically.
We support children to be able to count confidently, develop a deep understanding of the numbers to 10, the relationships between them and the patterns within those numbers. By providing frequent and varied opportunities to build and apply this understanding – such as using manipulatives, including small pebbles and tens frames for organising counting – our children will develop a secure base of knowledge and vocabulary from which mastery of mathematics is built. In addition, we believe it is important that the curriculum includes rich opportunities for children to develop their spatial reasoning skills across all areas of mathematics including shape, space and measures.
It is important that children develop positive attitudes and interests in mathematics, look for patterns and relationships, spot connections, ‘have a go’, talk to adults and peers about what they notice and not be afraid to make mistakes. In Early Years, we want children to develop a real love of Mathematics and ensure that exciting opportunities are provided daily and that Maths is encouraged within the children’s interests and independent play.
We have developed progression within the provision to better support continuity to Year 1 and the National Curriculum, so our pupils are better prepared to start their journey on INSPIRE.