At Brooke Primary Academy, we have seven simple aims for mathematics:
- Support children to become resilient, capable, confident and self-assured learners
- Teach children to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics
- Support the children to develop a strong conceptual understanding
- Teach children how to reason mathematically
- Teach children how to become effective problem solvers
- Develop a love of maths
- Ensure that every children reaches their full potential
At Brooke Primary Academy we follow the Mathematics Mastery Scheme at the heart of which is problem solving. There are three key principals that underpin our approach to mathematics. These are
- Developing deep understanding
- Developing mathematical thinking
- Developing mathematical language
We want our pupils to build a deep understanding of concepts they are learning about. This will in turn, enable them to apply their learning in different situations. We give pupils the opportunity to ‘master maths’; by using prior learning undertaken throughout the school year, they can develop mathematical fluency and conceptual understanding.
Each day children receive a one-hour maths lessons. During these lessons, we believe that pupils should be given opportunity to:
- become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice
- reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing, developing an argument, justifying using mathematical language
- can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems to find solutions.
The children also take part in a 10 – 15 minutes daily Maths Meeting, which is used to consolidate key areas of mathematics in each class. Maths Meetings provide an opportunity to teach and revise ‘general knowledge maths’ which may not explicitly be covered during the mathematics lesson, and also allows the daily integration of mathematics into the surrounding environment. This means that pupils are practising concepts and skills on a regular basis, meaning they are continually building on their mastery of these concepts.
By the time a child leaves Brooke Primary Academy we want every child to achieve the following:
- resilient, capable, confident and self-assured learners
- fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics
- have strong conceptual understanding and are able to recall and apply their knowledge rapidly and accurately to problems
- reason mathematically
- solve problems
Please see below for further details about the programme.