Mathematics

At St. Bede Mathematics is taught daily through structured Mathematics lessons. Children learn about number and place value, calculation, measure, geometry, statistics and fractions.  As our children progress through school they also learn about decimals and percentages, ratio and proportion and algebra.  The children are taught Mathematics in a way that encourages them to make connections between concepts for example they use what they know about place value to support their calculating.  Calculation is taught progressively through school using the calculation policy which embraces the CPA (concrete, pictorial, abstract) approach.  Children are taught to thoroughly understand how to calculate through using manipulates such as base ten materials then progress to recording these calculations pictorially and as number sentences using mathematical symbols.  Children are encouraged to apply their mathematical skills, ideas and concepts to problem solving and reasoning challenges which are woven throughout the curriculum using a range of resources.

Key number facts are regularly taught and revised in mental and oral starters often through maths games.  This includes the Times Table Challenge which is currently used throughout Years 3-6 to develop rapid recall of times table facts at their own pace of learning.  The children start with the 2 times tables, then the 5s and 10s. Once they have mastered these they progress to the related divisions.  Children then progress to the 3s, 4s and 6s and related divisions before moving on to the 7s, 8s and 9s.