Mathematics is essential to everyday life and necessary to nearly all forms of employment. That is why at Bevington we strive to ensure all children fulfil their mathematical potential whilst supporting a deep love of the subject. Pupils work either in mixed ability classes or alongside groups of children learning at a similar speed – depending on the specific strand of mathematics. We believe maths goes beyond the maths lesson, which is why we incorporate maths across the curriculum, especially in Science and the STEM subjects.
A Typical Maths Lesson and Beyond…
Maths lessons at Bevington are fast-paced, exciting and fun. Teachers place equal importance on providing support to ensure learning objectives are met as they do ensuring pupils have opportunities to extend their learning at a greater depth. Pupils are expected to acquire or consolidate a new skill; reason their understanding; as well as apply their understanding daily. Pupils at Bevington have access to a wide range of resources to ensure they are able to gain deep conceptual understanding of mathematical concepts. As pupil’s conceptual understanding develops the use of resources is reduced. In addition to the structured format of daily maths lessons at Bevington we also enjoy an annual maths week as well as taking in and often organising annual competitions with local schools.
It’s only a problem if it can’t be solved right away. Bevington pupils are keen, competent problem solvers. Great importance is placed on problem solving vocabulary – working systematically, trial and improvement as well as the process of problem solving itself: getting started; working on a problem; digging deeper and concluding.
Reasoning and Application
Pupils at Bevington are expected to reason their mathematical understanding daily both in the maths lesson as well as across a range of other subjects. This involves pupils justifying their answers as well demonstrating proof. We passionately believe that an ability to articulate one’s mathematical understanding results in children being better mathematicians and consequently learning at a greater depth.
We believe all should children should become mentally fluent at the earliest opportunity. Because of this aspiration teachers provide lots of opportunities for children to develop their mental fluency whether that be embedded in the maths lesson itself or a skill taught discreetly at the beginning of a lesson. We also use online platforms to support learning at school and at home, such as Mathletics – a website high quality interactive website which addresses mental fluency specifically as well as other areas of mathematics learning.
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: