Mathematics is a powerful, universal language that helps us to make sense of our world. Our intent is that pupils at Bilton CE Junior School experience the beauty of mathematics and develop a sense of curiosity for and enjoyment of the subject that stays with them throughout life. Mathematics is used to explain, predict and represent events and tackle everyday problems. It is of central importance to our modern society, is an essential part of everyone’s daily life and critical to science, technology, finance and engineering.
At Bilton CE Junior School, we follow a Teaching for Mastery approach to Mathematics. We spend more time on key topics, using a small steps approach to build upon prior knowledge and develop fluency, reasoning and problem solving. We believe that all children can be successful in Mathematics and we encourage pupils to develop resilience and perseverance. Our intent is to enable each child to believe in themselves as a mathematician.
We are confident that learning at a steadier and deeper pace benefits all children. Teaching for Mastery ensures no child is left behind as well as providing challenges to explore the content in more depth for children who grasp the content quickly. We have high expectations for all children. Evidence shows that all children need to develop a deeper understanding of concepts to be able to make connections, apply their understanding to a range of situations and creatively solve problems.
Our teaching for mastery approach is characterised by the following principles and features:
We use Mathletics as part of our mathematics program at school. Mathletics is a targeted, rewarding and captivating online learning resource, which is aligned to the curriculum taught. Children are set homework on Mathletics and simply sign in with their school username and password.