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Why we love maths at Belleville Wix!


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Sometimes maths isn’t seen as fun or creative but in a Belleville Wix maths lesson you might find rows of cupcakes, plates of biscuits or baskets of apples! But it isn’t all food. Problem solving is at the heart of our teaching of maths and real problems need real ‘stuff’.  Through the use of manipulatives, our lessons are exciting and interesting. Whether we are sharing slices of pizza or chocolate bars in our teaching of fractions or making equal groups with flowers, balloons, cupcakes or even sausages in our teaching of multiplication, our lessons use real-life problems as their foundation. Real life problems need real life resources!

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Using the first DfE recommended textbook and workbook means our students have a clear progression across concepts and opportunity to deepen their understanding through additional activities. Lessons follow a clear progression from year to year and from lesson to lesson over units of learning.

Training plays an important role in developing great maths teachers within school whether they are new teachers and teachers new to this style of maths.

 

And it’s not just our teachers who share their maths lessons with others. Recently, our year four classes across the Trust linked up via video conferencing to test each-others multiplication knowledge!

The skills learned in maths can be found in many subjects across the curriculum. Our problem solving skills are used in science, geography and PSCHE for instance. Whilst data interpretation and presentation can be seen in geography, history, RE, PSCHE and science. Angles and co-ordinates are seen in PE and time and money in history, geography, languages and PSCHE.


How do we teach maths at Belleville Wix?
 

Within Belleville Wix (and across all schools in our Trust), maths teaching follows the mastery approach that is at the heart of the National Curriculum and is taught using ‘Singapore style’ maths https://mathsnoproblem.com/en/mastery/what-is-singapore-maths/. Singapore has consistently ranked amongst the highest countries in the international PISA tests due to their world renowned methods in the teaching of maths.

Our maths curriculum follows the National Curriculum objectives for each year group. As in Singapore, maths at Belleville Wix is taught through the use of the concrete-pictorial-abstract (C-P-A) approach, from Bruner’s enactive-iconic-symbolic modes of representations, giving our students a deep understanding of mathematical concepts. We use the 'Maths - No Problem!' textbook scheme - the first textbook to meet the DfE textbook criteria - ensuring lessons build on one another in a clear, logical progression.

Each of our lessons flow through a number of core parts, and with additional fluency and consolidation and deepening activities, ensure that pupils:

• become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately

• reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof 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 into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions

• have a high-quality mathematics education that provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, … and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.

• meet the expectation that the majority of pupils will move through the programme at broadly the same pace with decisions about when to progress based on the security of pupils’ understanding and their readiness to progress to the next stage. Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly are challenged through being offered 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.


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Our maths lessons:
 

Our lessons start with a short practice of known facts to develop our children’s ability to recall rapidly and accurately.

Prior learning is triggered with a recap of the previous lesson or, when starting a new unit of work, the previous year to ensure knowledge is built upon.

Using the Singapore approach to teaching maths encourages students to explore their thinking using manipulatives and pictorial representations before moving onto the abstract. For quick learners, this gives them opportunity to examine concepts in different ways and make judgements as to the efficiency of different methods as well as articulating their learning with high expectations of the use of mathematical reasoning. For those who may struggle with maths, their understanding is supported through the use of manipulatives.  

Every lesson develops around an open-ended problem as a starting point for learning. Usually the question can be investigated and answered using multiple strategies with the teacher bringing together ideas to teach the most efficient method.  The concrete-pictorial-abstract approach is used throughout to support the deep understanding of concepts. Students solve the main problem in small groups or with partners with teacher questioning giving opportunity for exploring and articulation of explanations by the students before moving onto practicing the chosen method.

Making mistakes, using mathematical dialogue and taking part in discussions are important parts of our lessons giving our children the opportunity to reason mathematically, develop an argument, justify decisions and compare the efficiency of different strategies.

Students build upon their understanding of the math’s concept through a series of increasingly more difficult problems. Children tackle questions that progress from one another, developing into more unfamiliar problems that extend understanding of the lesson objective.

The problems are usually completed through paired work, involving articulation and solution using the concrete-pictorial-abstract approach to promote a deep understanding of the concept. The use of the concrete-pictorial-abstract approach is used to support struggling learners and encourage creative, joined-up thinking by quick learners.

Workbooks provide independent practice and additional activities consolidate and deepen conceptual learning.  These activities reinforce student’s new understanding and offer practice and independent learning. Questions progress through familiar strategies to unfamiliar, non-routine problems that develop a deeper understanding of the lesson objective. Additional activities are provided to extend the students’ understanding of their new learning.


Building strong foundations together!
 

Multiplication Tables Check Parent Workshop

Early Years Foundation Stage expectations (Reception and Nursery):

Year 1 to 6 National Curriculum expectations:

Additional Maths Activities

Support and challenge throughout our maths lessons encourages all pupils to access and enjoy their learning in the classroom. Homework gives an opportunity to further develop understanding of concepts learnt in school. Sometimes additional time or practice beyond the classroom can help pupils to embed important ideas or methods. The ‘trigger and build’ activities are a series of lessons that demonstrate key learning in different concepts from each year group. They allow pupils the chance to recap from where they are most comfortable and build up to the methods used in their current year group.  Pupils may benefit from starting with lessons from their previous year group whilst others may profit from beginning with lessons two or three years previous and building up in a more gradual way. Class teachers can advise on the most useful starting place.

Please click here to access our Maths activities – ‘trigger and build’ and challenge: https://q1e.co.uk/learning/additional-maths-activities

Maths Support Videos

Changes to the National Curriculum to a ‘mastery approach to the teaching of mathematics’ in the UK have meant that many parents and carers have found it difficult to keep up with the calculation strategies used in their children’s year group. The members of the Q1E Trust maths team, along with a group of lovely volunteers (thank you, children), have produced some short video clips to guide those new to the current approach in understanding the methods used in school.

With an emphasis on precise mathematical language and the formal layout for calculation used in different year groups they are particularly useful when pupils move into a new year group or struggle to retain a strategy.

Maths support videos (year group specific videos can be accessed directly via the menu on the right on this page): https://q1e.co.uk/learning/maths-videos-for-parents

We hope you find them useful in supporting your children’s maths learning.  

And don’t forget, all the home learning runs in conjunction with our in-school year group coverage overviews so when pupils need to isolate, and are not poorly, they can continue with their maths learning out of the classroom by accessing their year group maths from the menu on the right on this page: https://q1e.co.uk/current-home-learning/

Download the Overview of Whole School Maths
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