At Belmont, we intend to:
- Ensure our children have access to a high quality maths curriculum that is both challenging and enjoyable.
- Encourage children to have a positive, confident, enthusiastic and curious attitude towards maths.
- Develop children’s fluency in the fundamentals of mathematical skills and knowledge with quick recall of basic facts.
- Expose our children to a variety of mathematical opportunities, which will enable them to make the connections in learning.
- Enable children to feel confident and develop initiative and motivation to work both independently and in cooperation with others.
- Develop independent learners with inquisitive minds who have secure mathematical foundations and an interest in self-improvement.
- Encourage children to make rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. We intend for our pupils to be able to apply their mathematical knowledge across the curriculum.
- Teach children that maths skills are essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and many forms of employment.
- Encourage children to foster the use of mathematical knowledge to solve real-life problems; to develop an awareness of the uses of maths in the world beyond the classroom and to give children skills for the future (e.g. for managing their own finances and punctuality).
- Develop the understanding and correct use of mathematical vocabulary.
- Encourage confident communication of maths where pupils ask and answer questions, openly share work and learn from mistakes.
A mastery approach is at the heart of the maths at Belmont. Across all phases, children are taught problem-solving strategies through a range of resources.
Here are some of the stories we use in our maths lessons at Belmont. Using stories is a creative way of linking maths to real-life.
Our approach to teaching calculation is detailed in our Calculation Policy, which provides parents with worked examples for each year group.
The quick recall of multiplication and division facts (times tables) is essential for all children. The ability to recall these facts quickly enables children to answer related questions with ease. It is therefore important that we approach the teaching and testing of times tables in a similar and progressive format from Year 1 to Year 6. At Belmont, we ensure the children are learning these facts progressively through our times table challenges. The challenge consists of 22 stages. These work progressively through multiplication facts and derived division facts, with a test at each stage to test speed and accuracy.