Mathematics at Bromet Primary is underpinned by the three aims of the national curriculum: fluency, reasoning and problem solving.
Our aim is to ensure consistency and progression in our approach to calculation, ensure that children develop an efficient, reliable, formal written method of calculation for all operations and that children can use these methods accurately with confidence and understanding.
The teaching and learning of Maths aim to give children the ability to spot patterns, make connections, find new ways of looking at things and use what they already know in new contexts. Children are encouraged to play around with examples, draw useful pictures that clarify their understanding, have the courage to experiment and ask good questions. Children are supported to move fluently between concrete representations of mathematical ideas to more abstract written methods as their confidence grows.
Concrete resources and Manipulatives
From the foundation stage throughout school, children have the opportunity to access and learn through structured resources. Using manipulatives, models and images enables children to build a deep understanding of number and the relationships of different numbers, developing children’s fluency, reasoning and problem-solving. These resources provide children with a clear image of abstract concepts to enable them to develop their understanding across mathematics. These resources are used to embed basic skills such as odd and even numbers, number bonds and also help develop children’s understanding of the four mathematical operations from KS1. They continue to be used to consolidate skills and as part of investigation and exploration activities in KS2, forming an important part of making written abstract methods quantifiable in terms of place value.