Mathematics at Broomhill

Mathematics is important in everyday life and, with this is mind, the purpose of mathematics at Broomhill is to develop an ability to solve problems, to reason, to think logically and to work systematically and accurately. In order to do this, staff work to ensure that all pupils become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics so that they can reason with appropriate speed and accuracy.

All children are challenged and encouraged to excel in maths. We strive for all pupils to experience hands-on learning when discovering new mathematical topics, and to have clear models and images to aid their understanding. Maths is practised daily to ensure key mathematical concepts are embedded and children can recall this information to see the links between topics in maths.

As part of our mastery journey we have chosen to follow the White Rose Scheme to achieve a consistent coherent approach to teaching and learning (from Year R – Y4).  Maths is taught daily; every lesson includes problem solving in ‘real-life’ situations; arithmetic and reasoning in all year groups consists of number and place value; addition and subtraction; multiplication and division; and fractions. We encourage each child to work with confidence, understanding and enjoyment in this area of the curriculum.  Within our maths curriculum, the following mathematical aspects are covered:

  • Numbers and Place Value 
  • Addition and Subtraction
  • Multiplication and Division
  • Fractions
  • Decimals
  • Measures
  • Geometry
  • Statistics
Whilst our overarching scheme is White Rose Maths, this is supported where necessary with other resources, such as the NCETM's Mastering Number. This project aims to secure firm foundations in the development of good number sense for all children from Reception through to Year 1 and Year 2. The aim over time is that children will leave KS1 with fluency in calculation and a confidence and flexibility with number. Attention is given to key knowledge and understanding needed in Reception, and progression through KS1 to support success in the future.
Lessons use a ‘Concrete, Pictorial and Abstract’ approach with carefully chosen manipulatives to guide children through their understanding of mathematical processes, particularly when a new concept is introduced.
Concrete – Children have the opportunity to use mathematical objects to help them envisage what written numbers represent.

Pictorial – Children have the opportunity to use pictures as representations to continue to support them in visualising what written numbers represent.

Abstract – Abstract learning is the use of digits and words to represent numbers.

Our maths curriculum is designed to build upon previous learning year-on-year, as well as revisiting prior learning to help retain knowledge in their long-term memory.
As a result of our mastery maths teaching at Broomhill, you will see children who can reason with confidence, actively problem solve and demonstrate fluency in their mathematical ability. We aim for all children to become deeper mathematical thinkers.

Learning is tracked and monitored to ensure all children make good progress. This is done through end-of-term assessments and on-going formative assessment.

Across the year, we work with schools both within, and outside of, our partnership to moderate children's work and share best practice.

Free resources

White Rose Maths offers some free resources on their websites along with parent workbooks (also free) if you would like to further support your child.

They also have an app to download for free. Simply search for 'White Rose Maths 1 minute Maths.' It covers counting, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.