At Bowsland Green we strive to ensure that our pupils develop a positive and enthusiastic approach to mathematics, with a skill set that will enable them to become active, lifelong learners who understand numbers, patterns and shapes in the world around them. Through the ‘Variation’ part of our lesson sequence, pupils are presented with a range of experiences and contexts that will allow 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 cards 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. Cross-curricular maths learning is also encouraged to ensure that pupils see the concepts they learn in their morning sessions in a variety of real life contexts to help improve their confidence and to make their learning more purposeful. 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:
In statutory assessment year groups, teachers may adapt these overviews so that all gaps are filled and content that will be assessed is covered, before the statutory assessment periods in May.
Our Calculation Policy:
Bowsland has developed a clear policy for teaching the four main calculations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) consistently across the school. Please see the following links for more information and examples:
Having explored ways to best develop pupils’ mastery skills, our lessons are structured in the following way:
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.
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!
Maths fluency enables pupils to recall concepts quickly and supports them with their reasoning and problem solving. At 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. 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 to support your child at home can be found here:
Times Table Rockstars:
At Bowsland, every child has access to TTRockstars. Each child has their own personal login and can access different games to test their times table knowledge. Pupils are presented with a range of times table facts as well as the corresponding division facts. On a regular basis, there are battles between different year groups or even between staff and pupils. Our Lower School also have access to Numbots via the TTRockstars website.
Ways to help your child at home:
In addition to encouraging your child to play TTRS and practise their Going for Gold, here are some practical ideas to support maths learning at home:
- Counting rhymes.
- Counting everyday objects at home e.g. fruit, socks, toys.
- Adding one more/ less to groups of objects.
- Talk about the position of things using prepositions such as: on, next to, etc.
- Use the language of measurement in context – heavy, light, empty, long etc.
- Choose a shape of the week e.g. cylinder. Look for this shape in the environment (tins, candles etc).
- Make a model using boxes/containers of different shapes and sizes. Ask your child to describe their model.
Key Stage 1:
- Number hunt – noticing numbers in our environment e.g. on doors, car number plates, telephone keypad.
- Using rulers and tape measures to measure the height/length of objects in the home.
- Weighing ingredients for cooking in the kitchen and doubling/halving ingredients.
- Using money.
- Ordering days of the week/months of the year, plotting birthdays on the calendar.
- Using a variety of mathematical words in everyday contexts e.g. more than, bigger, less than, take away, subtract, difference etc.
- Counting in 2’s, 5’s, 10’s and 3’s.
- Using number lines to add and subtract.
- Reviewing number bonds to 20 by playing ‘ping pong’. You say a number, they say the corresponding number back.
- Play ‘guess my shape’. You think of a shape. Your child asks questions to try to identify it but you can only answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’ (e.g. Does it have more than 4 corners? Does it have any curved sides?)
- Practise telling the time with your child.
- Throw 2 dice. Ask your child to find the total of the numbers (+), the difference between them (-) or the product (x).
Key Stage 2:
- Hunt for right angles around your home. Can your child a spot angles bigger (obtuse) or smaller (acute) than a right angle?
- Practise telling the time on digital and analogue clocks
- Weighing ingredients in the kitchen. Adapting recipes for different numbers of people and reading the temperature and time in recipes.
- Budgeting with pocket money. How much more will they need, how much will be left?
- Use a TV guide. Ask your child to work out the length of their favourite programmes.
- Give your child a number fact (e.g. 6+3=9). Ask them what else they can find out from this fact (e.g. 6+3=9, 9-6=3, 60+30=90, 500+300=900). You can do this with multiplication facts too.
- Measuring and comparing heights e.g. thinking about how much taller/smaller people are in the family.
- Weighing fruit and vegetables when shopping.
- Thinking about sale prices. How much will items cost if they are reduced by 25% in a sale? If something is buy one, get one free, how much is each item worth?
- Creating symmetrical patterns when drawing or painting.
- Review calculation methods – these are extremely important for many areas of the curriculum.
Here are some useful websites you can use with your child at home: