Mathematics at Buckingham Primary School
At Buckingham Primary School we have high expectations for all our pupils and believe that everyone can become a confident and skilled mathematician. We strive for all children to be curious about Mathematics and to understand its importance in our everyday lives.
The National Curriculum for Primary Mathematics has three aims that are central to Mathematics at Buckingham Primary School:
• Conceptual understanding
In developing children's skills through enhancing their factual, conceptual and procedural knowledge, we allow them to deepen their mathematical understanding and be able to apply what they know to help them to solve problems.
• Mathematical reasoning
The progression and development of mental calculations and efficiency in strategies will provide children with the skills which will allow them to communicate and present their findings effectively using appropriate mathematical language.
• Problem solving
Mathematics is integral to all aspects of life and it is with this in mind that we endeavour to ensure that children develop self-confidence in their ability to approach a range of mathematical problems. By providing opportunities to apply their mathematical skills in different contexts and across a range of subject areas, children are able to work systematically to organise information, find patterns and ultimately solutions through independent and collaborative learning.
The planning and teaching of Mathematics at Buckingham Primary School is framed around a Mastery Curriculum. From Nursery to Year 6, a ‘Concrete/Pictorial /Abstract’ approach is central in classroom practice, where a range of concrete and visual resources are used to develop a deep understanding of key concepts. ‘Big Picture’ planning is used to create an overview of each unit which is then broken down into ‘Small Steps’ planning to ensure breadth and depth.
Learning to Learn
At Buckingham Primary School, all of our children are supported to become independent learners from the very first day they enter the school. It is the children’s job to ‘learn’ Mathematics and take responsibility for their own learning. The children take ownership of the tasks they complete through self-differentiation and are always encouraged to challenge themselves, understanding that we learn from mistakes. If they are ‘stuck’ the children know to use the ‘Five Bs’, Brain, Boards, Book, Buddy and Boss, and the learning environment is designed to support their ever-growing independence.
Maths Talk is an essential part of the not only the Maths curriculum, but across all subjects. Within lessons, all children have regular opportunities to explain their reasoning verbally, in full sentences. Dialogues are created in Maths lessons so that the children learn to listen to one another and engage in mathematical conversations.