We believe that mathematics should be relevant and applicable to the needs of children and their future role in society, as well as enjoyable for its own sake. We follow the guidelines laid down in the National Curriculum and in daily lessons children are taught the basic concepts of mathematics, including tables. Children tackle a range of activities and tasks, using lots of mental maths and an emphasis is put on developing a number of mental strategies to solve mathematical problems. Standard written methods are taught when appropriate. At different times children will work individually, in pairs, in ability groups and as a whole class.
The use of Maths games, investigations, problem-solving and practical activities consolidate learning. In this way children can not only work out the correct solutions, but can develop the ability to explain their thinking, apply their understanding to new situations and work with confidence developed through on sound mathematical skills.
Big Maths is a new way of looking at the Primary
Mathematics curriculum. It is based upon five principles:
Counting (children learn to count and to ‘count on’)
Learn Its (children recall their ‘counting on’ as facts).
It’s Nothing New (children then ‘swap the thing’ to realise that the counting fact, or ‘Learn It’, can be applied to any object, amount or unit of measure).
Calculation (the previous 3 phases are combined to provide a calculation structure).
When using Progress Drives we will follow a 5 stage model that puts the child at the heart of the learning experience:
This has four main areas:
One of the key teaching strategies from Big Maths is to provide children with a ‘brain only’ way of solving questions. However, the development of mental maths is not left to chance, there is a deliberate and strong structure that leaves all children empowered to think quickly, accurately and therefore successfully! This happens through a three part process called FAB:
F is for Full: We start off with a full written method that is high on understanding.
A is for Abridged: Now we take the writing away, gradually, over time while training the brain to hold numbers in the head.
B is for Brain: Finally, children are left with the ability to solve the question with nothing except their mind.