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At The Brent, fluency, reasoning and problem solving are at the core of our Maths learning.

The use of manipulatives and the Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract approach is advocated in all year groups to enable pupils to gain a deep and secure understanding of concepts before the learning is built upon. We ensure that the needs of our learners are met by using the best resources from a range of schemes such as White Rose Maths and Maths No Problem. Through this, we ensure children acquire a breadth of understanding that enables them to build on their learning year on year. Opportunities are planned in to IGNITE topics that enable the children to apply their mathematical skills in meaningful ways across the curriculum.

Maths in the EYFS and Year 1:

Maths in our Reception Year follows the Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage, with a high emphasis on independence and a balance of quality child-initiated and adult-led learning. Maths is evident in the Foundation Stage environment to enable children explore Maths and develop their skills.

Our Year 1 builds on these experiences and retains the emphasis on independence maintaining child-initiated learning experiences.

Maths in KS1 and KS2

Throughout the school, individual recording of Maths work is not always appropriate, especially for younger pupils; pupil’s knowledge and understanding are essential and there is a focus on developing children’s reasoning skills through appropriate challenge and questioning.

Mental Maths strategies, to develop mathematical fluency, are systematically taught and, in Years 2-6, 100 Club (levelled times table tests) take place weekly.

In our Upper School, at different times during the year, different grouping and setting is used to ensure targeted teaching matches the needs of individual children. This enables children to leave KS2 ready to embark on the next stage of their education. Setting is fluid, with children moving from set to set when developmentally ready. In this way, misconceptions can be addressed and remedied before becoming engrained.  

Our school’s Calculation Policy outlines the progression in calculations from Reception to Year 6. This enables all children to develop a secure understanding of each mathematical operation and apply them to a range of problems. Our Calculation Policy ensures that breadth of understanding and depth of knowledge is valued over increasing the size of numbers used in calculations.