Beckers Green is currently using White Rose materials to support a mastery approach to the teaching and learning of mathematics. The planning has number at its heart, with a large proportion of time spent reinforcing number to build competency.
The planning also ensures teachers stay in the relevant Key Stage to support depth of knowledge of each topic, while providing opportunities to build reasoning and problem-solving elements into the curriculum. The White Rose curriculum for each year group can be seen below.
As a school we firmly believe all children when introduced to a new concept should be taught using the following approaches:
- Concrete – children should have the opportunity to use concrete opportunities and manipulatives to help them understand what they are doing.
- Pictorial – alongside this children should be able to use pictorial representations. These representations can then be used to solve problems.
- Abstract – both concrete and pictorial representations should support children’s understanding of abstract methods.
At Beckers, we believe all children should have ownership over their own learning; therefore, in each maths lesson we adopt a choose and challenge approach. This approach uses 5 challenges: warm up, ready, steady, go and turbo. The expectation is the children choose the challenge which best suits their level of understanding and then progress through the challenges. Each challenge should be a progression of skills through the stages of: fluency, varied fluency, problem solving and reasoning.
We encourage children to learn their times tables both in school and at home. Many enjoy the Rockstars app which can be found below by clicking on the link. Classes run competitions to improve speed and accuracy.
We also use the Numberbots app and run regular competitions to improve knowledge of number bonds.
Please see information below which includes White Rose curriculum for each year group and an evaluation of maths at Beckers Green (SEF).