At Bournemouth Park we use the written calculation methods set out in the National Curriculum. In order to assist your child at home, you can view all methods used in our Calculation Policy and Arithmetic Policy.
Below are the formal written calculation methods used:
At Bournemouth Park we strive to provide a high-quality mathematics education that provides children with the tools to understand the world, analyse and communicate information, and reason mathematically. We work to create a stimulating cross-curricular environment that fosters a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject, and encourages children to think and find out for themselves.
In the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), teaching and learning promotes social skills, and develops the mathematical understanding of young children through a range of practical opportunities to use, enjoy, explore, practise and talk confidently about mathematics. Practical equipment is used to support the teaching and learning of number calculation.
In KS1 and KS2, maths is taught during the Singapore resources, Maths No Problem.
Every Maths No Problem lesson is broken down into 5 parts:
1. Anchor Task
Known as the ‘In Focus’, it begins the lesson, allowing children to tackle a problem relating to the skill they are learning. The problem can generally be solved using a variety of methods, which gives students different points of entry into the lesson, and opportunity for teachers to assess their knowledge.
Children prove their understanding of the task by completing independent journaling, which will either be to explain how they answered the problem, or answer a specific question given in addition to the In Focus, from one of the following categories: descriptive, investigative, creative and evaluative.
3. Let’s Learn
A look at the modelled examples provided by the text books allows children to look at mathematical thinking, compare their methods and ‘read’ maths.
4. Guided Practice
Children are given time to tackle a set of questions that allow them to apply what they have learnt so far, and teachers are able to spend time consolidating the learning for those who need it. The questions are designed with procedural variation, to move the childrens' learning on each time.
5. Independent Work
Children move onto the workbook when they are ready to work independently from the teacher. Again, procedural variation allows children to apply their knowledge in more difficult questions each time.
Across the school, children receive an additional one hour session that focuses on key skills and arithmetic. This supports their learning of times tables and number bonds, helping them with many other areas of maths learning, and preparing them for formative and summative assessment.
Feedback And Marking In Maths
At Bournemouth Park, we believe that feedback is an integral part of the learning process, and must be precisely positioned and embedded into every lesson. We believe that children benefit from verbal feedback and the opportunity to discuss their learning with their peers and teacher. During a lesson, teachers should be constantly and consistently assessing children’s understanding using a variety of techniques, enabling them to identify and give verbal feedback to individuals or groups of children that need support. We believe that feedback should be instant, and that it should empower children to identify their own strengths and areas for development, and in turn, create independent, self-motivated pupils who have ownership of their learning.
Therefore, written feedback is not provided for children in Maths lessons. Rather, each child is entitled to teacher pupil conferencing time each week. This may be to work through mistakes or consolidate learning, or receive a challenge if working with a greater understanding. Any support given by an adult during the learning time is recorded in green, to show the feedback given. A constant cycle of assessment, feedback and monitoring ensures that all children receive effective support and challenge in Maths.
Children mark their own work in purple pen, and reflect on any mistakes they have made. When working with their peers, they use their orange pen to distinguish this support.
Books are checked every day to ensure that teachers’ knowledge of their pupils’ understanding is used to adapt planning for the following lesson, and shape the conferencing for the children’s needs. Teachers use a rolling assessment process to ensure they have a good understanding of the needs of their pupils against the National Curriculum.
More information, including the non-negotiables of our feedback system, can be found in our Feedback Policy.