Maths

Ambition 

At Brooke Primary Academy, children will:

  • become fluent and confident in the four operations (+ – x ÷)
  • become effective and confident problem solvers
  • apply their mathematics skills in everyday life and future learning
  • leave with a love for mathematics, where children do not see it as a barrier to their life or learning

Implementation

At Brooke Primary Academy we follow the Mathematics Mastery Scheme. There are three key principals that underpin our approach to mathematics. These are:

  1. Developing deep understanding
  2. Developing mathematical thinking
  3. Developing mathematical language

Each day children receive a maths lesson, taught by well-trained staff. We follow a five-part lesson, which consists of: New Learning, Talk Task, Develop Learning, Independent Task and Plenary. A concrete, pictorial and abstract approach allows children to understand maths meaningfully and is used within lessons to support learning and allow children to apply their knowledge to a range of contexts. We aim for all children to access age related content.

Further information and resources

Anti-Bullying: Pupils respect each other, believe in the school’s values, and feel confident that any issues, including bullying, would be resolved quickly by adults.

Curriculum and Learning: The curriculum is well-considered, building on previous learning to deepen understanding. While assessment systems need improvement, the school’s overall approach helps in identifying and supporting pupils’ needs.

Early Years Provision: The early years setting promotes positive relationships and collaboration among children. Adults model effective communication and use assessment well to engage children in their learning.

Support for SEND: The school effectively identifies and supports pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), involving parents in the assessment process and adapting lessons to help these pupils build new knowledge.

Positive Behaviour: Changes in how behaviour is managed have helped pupils reflect on their feelings and make better choices. This has resulted in positive behaviour during lessons and playtimes.

School Environment: The academy is described as a warm and welcoming place where pupils feel safe and happy. Respectful and positive relationships are central to the school’s environment.

Extracurricular Activities: There is a wide range of clubs available, such as football, rugby, forest school, and choir, which help develop pupils’ talents and interests.

Overall Effectiveness: The school is rated “Good” in all categories, including quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, personal development, leadership and management, and early years provision.

Safeguarding: The school has effective safeguarding arrangements, creating an open and positive culture that prioritises pupils’ interests.

High Expectations and Progress: The school sets high expectations for all pupils, which are being met. Parents appreciate the support and information provided by the staff and are pleased with the progress their children make.

Reading and Phonics: The school is committed to ensuring all pupils learn to read. Effective training and support for teachers, along with appropriate reading materials and catch-up sessions, help pupils read accurately and confidently.

Promotion of Values: Pupils learn about diversity and British values through various activities and demonstrate positive attitudes and respect for others. The school also encourages community involvement, such as the choir singing in residential homes and helping at the local food bank.

Governance and Leadership: Trustees and governors are skilled and committed, regularly visiting the school and maintaining an accurate picture of its operations to ensure continued improvement.