Mathematics at Brightwell
At Brightwell, we want every child to enjoy learning maths. We know that, to enjoy a subject, a child has to feel confident and know that they have the necessary skills to add, subtract, divide, multiply and solve number problems. Of course, maths is not just about number. Children learn to recognise and explain patterns, interpret graphs and timetables, construct shapes and understand their properties.
Children are given opportunities to explore mathematical concepts through the use of resources. As a school we place a big emphasis on children developing the number calculations using equipment and manipulatives such as Numicon which enables children to recognise patterns and relationships in numbers. Children are encouraged to explore new concepts through maths investigations that allow the children to communicate, reason and problem solve in order to develop their understanding.
The expectation is that the majority of pupils will move through the programmes of study at broadly the same pace. However, decisions about when to progress should always be based on the security of pupils’ understanding and their readiness to progress to the next stage. Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly are challenged through rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content. Those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material consolidate their understanding, including through additional practice, before moving on. Progression maps can be accessed here.
We further promote the wider use of maths skills through our annual STEM week and parent workshops support home learning.