Children at Bevington are able to use maths to calculate fluently and efficiently, reason mathematically, appreciate relationships and pattern in number and space, solve complex problems, and apply their knowledge in a range of different situations and subjects.
Mathematics is essential to everyday life and necessary to nearly all forms of employment, particularly in science, technology and engineering. At Bevington, children understand this relevance and we enable them to succeed through engaging, structured and rigorous daily maths lessons.
Our ultimate aim in our Maths teaching is to ensure that children at Bevington become competent and adaptable problem solvers. We recognise that maths skills can only be fully embedded and mastered if children are able to apply them in a range of contexts. This also enables children to explore their mathematical learning at greater depth.
We embed elements of problem solving in all our daily lessons, and we ensure that a full mathematical investigation is completed weekly. We explore problem solving through seven mathematical strands:
1) Trial and Improvement;
2) Working Systematically;
3) Pattern Spotting;
4) Working backwards;
5) Reasoning logically;
Across all key stages teachers explicitly teach mental maths strategies throughout maths lessons and across the curriculum. The mental oral starter, which is a 5-10 minute session at the start of the maths lesson, is used to develop mental strategies, support children’s retrieval of number facts or revise mathematic concepts that the children find difficult.
Staff work through a different set of mental oral starter objectives each week, which ensure that children practise a range of skills, particularly in areas which they need to strengthen.
By the end of year 4 children are expected to be able to retrieve multiplication and division facts from the multiplication tables up to 10 x 10. Children in year 3, 4 and 5 are set multiplication tables as part of their homework and are given a test/ opportunity to retrieve the multiplication tables they have been working on once a week
Children at Bevington use Maths Passports to track their progress in mental fluency. Every day, children take part in a Maths Moment, which is a short mental maths sessions away from the main maths lesson. These are timetabled to take place at the end of the school day between 2:45pm-3:00pm. Teachers choose an objective to work towards, and games are used to promote and reinforce these skills through the week.
On a Friday, children demonstrate their mental fluency in the objective by completing a fast paced test in their “Maths Passports”, whilst listening to music.
All staff at Bevington follow our calculation policy to ensure that calculation is taught consistently throughout the school and that children are taught the steps of mental and written calculation at the stage that is appropriate to their year group and/ or level of ability. Our calculation policy is linked to the 2014 National Curriculum and places and emphasis on accuracy and efficiency.
We have workshops throughout the year for parents to learn about our methods in calculation.
A summary of our calculations policy can be found here:
Our full calculations policy can be found here: