At Broadwater, we are passionate about maths! We have high expectations and believe all children can achieve well. It is our aim that all children develop a rich, deep understanding of mathematical concepts set so they can make connections (fluency); talk about their ideas (reason) and solve problems. We want children to enjoy mathematics and develop a lasting confidence they can take into secondary school. Broadwater has adopted the ‘Teaching for Mastery Approach’ and has been part of the London South West Maths Hub since 2015. All children at Broadwater School take part in a daily maths lesson. Medium term and weekly plans are carefully sequenced so that children's prior learning and understanding is built upon. Teachers use the NCETM professional development materials to support their planning. The concrete - pictorial - abstract model is applied consistently across the school to secure deep understanding.
Within the Early Years Foundation Stage, children are encouraged to explore and experiment with number, shape, space, measure and pattern. The enabling environment is carefully planned for so that children can independently develop and practise mathematical skills
Supporting Your Child at Home
To foster confidence and resilience in mathematics, it is important children maintain a positive mindset and the people around them do too.Ask children to discuss their mathematics learning with you and discuss the maths you see around you.
Times Tables and Number Facts
To develop mathematical thinking it is vital that children have a firm grasp of mathematically fundamental number facts. Securing basic number facts such as number bonds to ten (an understanding of the base 10 system) helps them to understand the whole number system.
4 + 6 = 10
40 + 60 = 100
400 + 600 = 1000
4000 + 6000 = 10000
When children can automatically recall times tables and the associated division facts, they can use this knowledge to learn about other mathematical concepts such as ratio or fractions. Practising multiplication can be done using concrete resources to ensure children understand the link to multiplication and division.
Teachers set weekly home learning on Mathletics. The tasks set support the mathematical concepts that are being taught in the classroom. The expectation is as follows:
EYFS - One activity per week
Y1 - Y3 – Two activities per week
Y4 - Y6 – Three activities per week
Children are also able to access a range of fun games to practise their maths learning.
In Year 6, home learning is given on a daily basis (Monday-Thursday) to provide extra practise of the day’s learning in preparation for secondary school.