Children experience a wide variety of mathematical activities in order to develop a range of skills, knowledge and concepts with the ability to apply them.
Our teaching style encourages children to think clearly and logically whilst being able to explain their methods and reasoning. Children use their knowledge and skills to solve problems, generate new questions and make connections across other areas of the curriculum.
Here at West Blatchington we believe that children’s chances of success in Mathematics are maximised if they develop deep and lasting understanding of mathematical procedures and concepts. This is called Maths Mastery.
There are 5 ‘Big Ideas’ within Maths Mastery. We want all of our children to be active in their maths lessons so we make sure that each concept is thought about, reasoned with and discussed with others.
Lessons are broken down into small connected steps that gradually unfold the concept e.g. multiplication, providing access for all children and leading them to generalise about the concept and apply it to other areas of their maths learning such as measure.
To find out more about Maths Mastery please click on the following article: Maths Mastery explained
Working with Albion in the Community
We are very lucky to work closely with Albion in the Community, operated by Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club. For the third year running, we will be participating in their Premier League Primary Stars programme, which helps to support and develop the teaching of PE within the school, as well PSHE and reading.
The school has taken part in a numeracy enrichment day at the American Express Community Stadium as part of our programme of support, which combined maths with football and culminated with a tour of the impressive stadium. Activities included calculating league tables and managing a budget for a fantasy football team.
Parental feedback was hugely positive:
"The way they taught it, the way they got her involved by doing games, tasks and giving her a tour, has set off a spark in her for maths! She is looking at it differently - amazing!"
"My daughter couldn't stop talking about it and all of the maths stuff she had done. I've never heard her so excited about maths!"
"My daughter got home and said to me... I can do this! It was literally a light bulb going off."
Maths core expectations throughout Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2
To learn more about our core expectations for maths across key stage 1 and key stage 2 please click on the links below: