Mathematics is a life skill. It helps us to make sense of our world, providing a precise means of communication using numbers, symbols and shapes. It is a powerful, universal language used to explain, predict and represent events and tackle problems in everyday life. At St. Bernadette’s Catholic School, our aim is for the children to Learn to Love, Love to Learn and to develop an ability to solve problems, to reason and think logically, to work systematically and accurately and most importantly to be curious and resilient learners.
New mathematical concepts are introduced using the ‘Concrete, Pictorial and Abstract’ (CPA) approach; enabling all children to experience hands-on learning when exploring new concepts. This allows all children to have clear models and images to aid their understanding. Time is devoted, daily, to teach and practise arithmetic and basic maths skills which ensures key mathematical facts and concepts are embedded and children can recall them accurately.
Our mathematics curriculum is designed so that it is accessible and engaging for all pupils to maximise their full potential and make rich connections across other areas of the curriculum, preparing them for their future lives and careers.
Sequence of Work
Sequence of Work at St. Bernadette’s Catholic School
The National Curriculum lies at the heart of Mathematics at St. Bernadette’s. We use the National Curriculum and White Rose to base medium term planning on. The National Curriculum for Mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:
become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
The KS1 and KS2 Curriculum specifies ten strands of mathematics, namely:
Number - number and place value
Number - addition and subtraction
Number - multiplication and division
Number - fractions (including decimals and percentages)
Ratio and proportion
Geometry – property of shape
Geometry – position and direction
The EYFS curriculum specifies two strands of mathematics:
Shape, Space and Measures
Here you will find our sequence of work for the academic year 2020-2021.
Bar modelling is a key element when considering teaching for mastery. An amazing and powerful pictorial representation for revealing the structure and patterns within a maths problem, Bar Modelling promotes profound mathematical understanding and insight. The bar model method draws on the Concrete, Pictorial and Abstract Approach — an essential maths mastery concept.
The process begins with pupils exploring problems via concrete objects. Pupils then progress to drawing pictorial diagrams, and then to abstract notations such as the +, -, x and ÷ symbols. Bar modelling is a versatile maths model strategy that can be used across a wide range of concepts and topics. It gives pupils a powerful and adaptable strategy for solving increasingly challenging problems that draws on the Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract approach.
Below you will find more information on Bar Modelling for each mathematic concept.
We know that many parents and carers wish to continue supporting their child’s mathematics learning journey at home. Here are some web links that we hope you will find useful.
Year 2-Year 6 can access Times Tables Rock Stars below. Times Tables Rock Stars is a carefully sequenced programme of daily times tables practice. They compete against other children in their setting group, year group and key stage.
White Rose Maths has produced daily ‘home learning’ lessons for Years 1-6. Every lesson comes with a short video showing you clearly and simply how to help your child complete the activity successfully, helping you support your child to enjoy and master maths both in school and at home. For older children, they will be able to complete these activities independently.
ICT Games -Here you'll find free to play educational games aimed at children between 5 and 8 years old. The games are linked to the UK KS 1 and 2 curricula.
BBC Bitesize for EYFS mathematics
BBC Bitesize KS1 Mathematics
BBC Bitesize KS2 Mathematics