At Bowsland Green we strive to ensure that our pupils develop a positive and enthusiastic approach to mathematics, with a skillset that will enable them to become active, lifelong learners who understand numbers, patterns and shapes in the world around them. We encourage and promote resilience within our pupils and plan activities that enable them to explore and discover key mathematical concepts so that when working either collaboratively or independently, they have the confidence to master and challenge these ideas.
At the beginning and end of each unit, pupils complete entry and exit assessments so that learning can be tailored to their needs to ensure that learning promotes good progress. Throughout a lesson, strong AfL strategies are used such as questioning and observations to ensure that learners are supported and challenged in the best way possible. Each pupil also has a target card stuck in the back of their books which are used to track progress and identify areas of development. Pupil voice is so essential here – please ask your child what they are focussing on in maths – they will be able to talk you through their target card and explain what their strengths and what their next steps are.
On Team BG, every pupil receives at least an hour of maths a day to make sure that all areas of the National Curriculum are covered. We split our maths lessons into two parts so that AfL can best inform the direction of the lesson when our pupils return from break. As a school, we follow the White Rose overview. Here, calculation work takes priority as these are the skills that underpin all areas of mathematics. These overviews are easily accessible via the link below:
Whilst this is a guide, teachers work at the pace and needs of their class and plan lessons accordingly.
Cross-curricular maths learning is also encouraged through our enquiry-based curriculum to ensure that pupils see the concepts they learn in their morning sessions in a variety of real life contexts. This enables our learners to become more confident, makes their learning purposeful and allows them to understand the importance of maths in our lives.
Our Calculation Policy:
Bowsland has developed a clear policy for teaching the four main calculations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) consistently across the school which can be viewed using the links below:
When using these to support your child at home, get creative! Cereal, lego, straws and anything else you have around the home can be used instead of the concrete resources we have in school.
We also have a progressive vocabulary document to support pupils in their understanding and mathematical reasoning which can be viewed here:
Our Learning Environment
We are very proud of our school learning environment. In every classroom, we have mathematical learning walls where we share: the steps we will be taking as part of the unit of work, a model from the lesson, new vocabulary and stem sentences which will be built up over time as a reference point to aid future learning.
Watch this space for pictures of what we have been up to…
Across the maths curriculum, pupils in all year groups use a range of resources to enable them to visualise concepts and really understand why and what is happening. Some popular examples include:
Real Story, Maths Story
At Bowsland, we use the concept ‘Real Story, Maths Story’ to aid the teaching and learning of Maths. This concept follows the concrete, pictorial, abstract methodology and encourages children to use practical, visual and abstract ways to represent a calculation. Around our school, you will see examples on Maths learning walls as well as in children’s books. Please ask your child about ‘Real Story, Maths Story’ and ask them to explain it to you. Have a look at these pictures and try the examples together!
Problem Solving and Mastery:
Pupils are encouraged to explain their thinking and key points are challenged in different concepts and through a range of problem solving. Becoming a better mathematician means being able to explain what is happening and use this knowledge in a range of problems and contexts, as well as being able to share this articulately with others. This is ‘mastery’ maths, where pupils acquire a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject and are then ready to move onto the next concept.
Maths fluency enables pupils to recall concepts quickly and supports them with their reasoning and problem solving. At Bowsland Green, we have a dedicated Maths Fluency slot on our timetables, where pupil’s learning gaps are targeted and key skills such as reading and writing numbers and reasoning from known facts are chanted and practised collaboratively as a class. In addition to this, Bowsland Green pupils are “Going for Gold”, which enables them to see Times Tables written in a variety of ways to help promote this instant recall of number facts. We aim for all our pupils to have secure times table knowledge, up to x12, by the end of Year 4. Once a week, pupils sit their personal coloured task with the aim of reaching Gold. Learners must get a set of questions from each colour correct three times before moving on. All resources can be found here: