The language of mathematics is international. The basic skills of mathematics are vital for the life opportunities of our children. Our aim is for all children to think mathematically, enabling them to reason, solve problems and assess risk in a range of contexts.
We believe that mathematics:
At Bridekirk Dovenby Primary School, our mathematics curriculum has been developed to ensure every child can achieve excellence in mathematics. It embeds a deeper understanding of maths by utilising a concrete, pictorial, abstract approach so that pupils understand what they are doing rather than just learning to repeat routines without grasping what is happening. Children can experience a sense of awe and wonder as they solve a problem for the first time, discover different solutions and make links between different areas of mathematics.
In September 2022, the teachers in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 attended the training to deliver the Mastering Number Programme. The programme focuses on the key knowledge and understanding needed in Reception classes, and progression through KS1.
The benefits of this programme are:
Pupils will be able to clearly communicate their mathematical ideas
Pupils will build firm mathematical foundations
All children will develop fluency in calculation and number sense
Pupils will use manipulatives to support their mathematics development
Some additional equipment is on order and once it arrives, the teachers will be eager to start!
At Bridekirk Dovenby School, Number Stacks is used to give additional support to individual pupils. All children are given the best opportunity to access the learning planned for their year group, with the skills and confidence required to make progress. Number Stacks uses a combination of stackable place-value counters and video tutorials to support the children in mastering the foundations of the number system.
In addition to the use of Accelerated Reader, pupils in Year 5 and Year 6 regularly access Accelerated Maths. The children are allocated a unique programme of mathematics questions that are graded to align with their ability as assessed using Star Maths. They work through the problems and give their answers in a multiple choice format. The multiple choice format tests children against the most commonly misconceived answers and also allows instant marking of their responses.
The teachers can readily identify any concepts that need additional teaching to improve understanding. The unique presentation of the mathematics questions enables the teacher to check for long-term retention of understanding and paper exercises are printed if additional practice would be beneficial.
The children are presented with certificates for objectives mastered at the end of each half term.
Times Tables Rock Stars
All pupils at Bridekirk Dovenby School have an account for Times Tables Rock Stars. It is a carefully sequenced programme of daily times tables practice.
Instant recall of multiplication tables is very important as this knowledge is required to solve questions involving fractions, decimals, percentages, algebra, measurement, ratio and also they are useful in everyday life.
The school enters the annual England Rocks event which allows the children to check how they are performing locally and nationally.
Cracking Times Tables
The children have also been using the resources from 'Cracking Times Tables' as this extends their understanding beyond the 12 times table. It includes 'finding the square root' and multiplying decimals too. There is also a competitive element and the children try to beat their own target speed.
Teachers dress up for the Rock Stars Competition
Number Day 2022
On February 4th, 2022 it will be the NSPCC Number Day and Bridekirk Dovenby School has registered.
Number Day is something that the children and staff always look forward to each year. It gives the children the opportunity to apply their maths skills to everyday scenarios, whilst raising money for such a fantastic cause.
On the last NSPCC Number Day, Mrs Taylor wore her famous ‘Prime Number’ t-shirt and Mrs Richardson wore her ‘Pi’ t-shirt! Mrs R had digits all over her tu-tu!
The children spent the day in different classrooms, all enjoying practical number activities.
National Numeracy Day: May 2022
We had great fun on National Numeracy day joining in with a live stream number roll on times table rockstars. We also entered a competition where we had to show how we’ll use maths in our dream jobs when we get older. P4 also worked together to create this great rap all about maths!