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At The Brent, fluency, reasoning and problem solving are at the core of our Maths learning.

The use of manipulatives and the Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract approach is advocated in all year groups to enable pupils to gain a deep and secure understanding of concepts before the learning is built upon. We ensure that the needs of our learners are met by using the best resources from a range of schemes such as White Rose Maths and Maths No Problem. Through this, we ensure children acquire a breadth of understanding that enables them to build on their learning year on year. Opportunities are planned in to IGNITE topics that enable the children to apply their mathematical skills in meaningful ways across the curriculum.

Maths in the EYFS and Year 1

Maths in our Reception Year follows the Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage, with a high emphasis on independence and a balance of quality child-initiated and adult-led learning. Maths is evident in the Foundation Stage environment to enable children explore Maths and develop their skills.

Our Year 1 builds on these experiences and retains the emphasis on independence maintaining child-initiated learning experiences.

Maths in KS1 and KS2

Throughout the school, individual recording of Maths work is not always appropriate, especially for younger pupils; pupil’s knowledge and understanding are essential and there is a focus on developing children’s reasoning skills through appropriate challenge and questioning.

Mental Maths strategies, to develop mathematical fluency, are systematically taught and, in Years 2-6, 100 Club (levelled times table tests) take place weekly.

In our Upper School, at different times during the year, different grouping and setting is used to ensure targeted teaching matches the needs of individual children. This enables children to leave KS2 ready to embark on the next stage of their education. Setting is fluid, with children moving from set to set when developmentally ready. In this way, misconceptions can be addressed and remedied before becoming engrained.  

Our school’s Calculation Policy outlines the progression in calculations from Reception to Year 6. This enables all children to develop a secure understanding of each mathematical operation and apply them to a range of problems. Our Calculation Policy ensures that breadth of understanding and depth of knowledge is valued over increasing the size of numbers used in calculations.

Year 4 Multiplication Assessment

Our Year 4 children now sit a new on-screen Multiplication Check assessment which consists of answering a set of timed questions. This is a compulsory test for Year 4 pupils to check children’s fluency and recall of times table facts up to 12 x 12. The National Curriculum states that ‘by the end of year 4, pupils should have memorised their multiplication tables up to and including the 12 x table and show precision and fluency in their work.’  The children are working hard in school to learn the times table facts and have started to complete practice tests to enable them to become familiar with the format of the questions and to experience recalling the multiplication facts with growing speed.

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Parental Support

Help support your child with their Maths learning at home.

Parent resources | White Rose Maths - As a school, we follow the White Rose Maths schemes of learning and so children are familiar with the resources and layout of Maths questions.  White Rose have free maths workbooks available to download as an extra tool for practising the Maths at home.

MathShed - Mathematics game for school and home  - Activities on Maths Shed are available for children to access at home using their school log in details.  They can complete tasks set by their teachers, as well as being able to explore different Maths games that rehearse the skills they've learned in school.

Purple Mash by 2Simple Purple Mash contains lots of fun Maths games and activities for children to access using their individual log ins.