At Barnes Farm Infant School, we teach children that if they work hard they can all succeed in Mathematics. We have a 'Growth Mindset' approach, where we encourage children to recognise and understand that mistakes are part of the learning process. Each Friday, during Celebration Assembly, there is a 'Wizard of the Week' Award presented to one pupil from each year group, who has demonstrated something amazing in mathematics. These 'Maths Wizards' have a photograph taken and are given a special certificate, times table pencil and a wizard hat to wear for the week in class!
We teach children the mathematical skills and knowledge through a 'mastery' approach. This is where they are given the opportunity to fully explore concepts and are able to apply theses in a range of contexts before they move onto something new. We allow children to be problem solvers and learn from each other as much as possible. Please see the attachment below regarding the principles of maths mastery skills that we teach at Barnes Farm Infant School.
The Calculation Policy is also attached below for your information. It shows the methods used to teach addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We hope you find this useful. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to ask.
We have had some wonderful feedback from children about maths. Here are some recent examples;
"My favourite thing to do at school is maths. I wasn't good at it and now I'm really good." Mya
"My favourite subject is maths because sometimes I don't think I can do it but then I learn it and I love it." Penny
"My favourite thing in school is maths because we are doing arrays." Toby
"My favourite subject is maths. I like maths because it is my strong point and I think I am good at it. I enjoy maths and I like Times Tables." Alice
If you would like to support maths at home, there are many fantastic problem solving activities on the link below;
Numberblocks is also a great resource to help embed an understanding of number;
For videos that help teach mathematical concepts, BBC bitesize KS1 is very helpful;
Thank-you for your continued support!