Pupils say they love mathematics. Teachers plan the mathematics curriculum carefully so that pupils develop their knowledge across a broad range of mathematical ideas. Teachers adapt the curriculum well to give more support to those pupils who might be struggling. Consequently, pupils become confident mathematicians. (Ofsted, 2021)
What’s the approach?
Broadbent Creative maths planning with:
- very clear learning objectives and expected outcomes
- fluency in essential skills
- teaching the maths focus around a real life theme or context
- integrate problem solving and reasoning
- use data handling and statistics in every unit
- use small steps of progression to ‘fine-tune’ and personalise the planning
A number talk session focuses on the sequence of ‘visualise, question, explore, rehearse and explain’.
Number Talks provide regular opportunities for children to:
- use maths flexibly – learn to decompose and recompose numbers
- ask questions, explore patterns and relationships
- explain their judgement, defend it or convince someone else
- represent their thinking and reasoning
Early Years (Reception)
Children are taught using the Mastering Number programme to secure firm foundations in the development of good number sense. This means developing a secure understanding of the relational value of quantity and number.
- Children develop a deep understanding of number including the composition of each number;
- They are taught to recognise quantities (without counting) up to 5.
- They explore and represent patterns within numbers up to 10, including evens and odds, double facts and how quantities can be distributed equally.
The learning environment is rich with challenge and enables mathematical thinking, understanding, spatial awareness and problem solving through the use of natural materials and resources.
Key Stage 1 and 2
Building on Mastering Number, developing fluency, exploring and expanding mathematical vocabulary and understanding through Number Talks and ensuring small steps of progression through Broadbent maths.
Parent Information Evening focused on the progression and approaches to addition and subtraction