Mathematics

Mathematics introduces children to concepts, skills and thinking strategies that are essential in everyday life and support learning across the curriculum.
It helps children make sense of the numbers, patterns and shapes they see in the world around them, offers ways of handling data in an increasingly digital world and makes a crucial contribution to their development as successful learners.
 
Children delight in using mathematics to solve a problem, especially when it leads them to an unexpected discovery or new connections.
As their confidence grows, they look for patterns, use logical reasoning, suggest solutions and try out different approaches to problems.
Mathematics offers children a powerful way of communicating. They learn to explore and explain their ideas using symbols, diagrams and spoken and written language. They start to discover how mathematics has developed over time and contributes to our economy, society and culture. Studying mathematics stimulates curiosity, fosters creativity and equips children with the skills they need in life beyond school.
 
Here at Berry Hill Primary we use the Rising Stars Mathematics Scheme to ensure a progressive curriculum across the year groups, giving children knowledge and skills, and building their confidence to use mathematics in their every-day lives.
 
In addition we are currently exploring GLOWMATHS with our infant children, this is a Department for Education (DFE) initiative to support children's developing confidence with number and RAINBOW MATHS across the school.  This programme encourages children to work at pace and develop fluency in the recall and memory of number bonds, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division facts.   Children work through the colour bands as they progress.  
 
Our Mathematics curriculum is planned to... 
  • promote enjoyment of learning through practical activity, exploration and discussion;
  • build confidence and competence with numbers and the number system;
  • develop the ability to understand and solve problems through decision-making and reasoning in a range of contexts;
  • embrace a practical understanding of the ways in which information is gathered and presented;
  • explore features of shape and space, and developing measuring skills in a range of contexts;
  • help children understand the importance of mathematics in everyday life especially in relation to essential life skills, such as telling the time and understanding money;
  • encourage pupils to believe that they can achieve and succeed at Mathematics through a growth mind-set.
For more information on our curriculum in each year group, see the class pages.
 
Our calculation Policy, detailing how we teach addition, subtraction, multiplication and division is available below.