How we Teach Maths at Blackhorse

Intent (What we are trying to achieve):


Champion Mathematician at Blackhorse can fluently recall basic number facts and is able to use mathematical reasoning to explore mathematical problems.


A fluent mathematician can:

  1. recall key number facts (times tables & number bonds) instantly, including inverse facts.
  2. use the four number operations accurately and effectively.
  3. understand the number system, particularly place value and fractions, decimals & percentages.


A mathematician who reasons can: 

  1. Work systematically to solve number problems.
  2. Use trial and improvement
  3. Work logically.
  4. Spot mathematical patterns.
  5. Visualise mathematical problems using a range of mathematical models.
  6. Working backwards and use inverse operations.


Implementation (What we are focusing on improving):

At Blackhorse, the focus of being a mathematician this year is ensuring all children have excellent reasoning and problem solving skills. If learners are exposed daily to a range of different problems, they should be able to apply their fundamental knowledge in a variety of ways to reason mathematically.


Impact (How we will know if we've been successful):

Throughout the year we will look through pupil’s books and speak to children about their confidence when solving problems and reasoning mathematically. At key points throughout the year, we will assess children to ensure they are developing good reasoning and problem solving skills. These assessments will be analysed to identify areas for development and strategies will be put in place to ensure good progress where required.

How we achieve fluency and reasoning. 


Maths lessons are divided into 2 parts at Blackhorse Primary School:


Big Maths is used to teach fluency.

The first is a 20 minute session known as 'Big Maths' where the children learn the core counting, calculating and rapid recall skills which underpin all mathematics. 


This click on the links below to find out more:

Big Maths at Blackhorse

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How we teach counting, calculations & rapid recall as part of the daily maths lesson.

Singapore Maths

The second 40 minutes of each maths lesson is taught using a Singapore Maths approach. This is a maths mastery approach which focuses on reasoning, conceptual understanding and problem-solving.


Click here to find out about the range teaching approaches used using this second part of the daily maths lesson and watch the video below to find out how a typical Singapore Maths sessions is taught.


Singapore Maths Model Lesson

Bar Modelling at Blackhorse

Bar Modelling is an approach which the children at Blackhorse use to solve problems. It allows them to 'see' the problem and then to break it down so that they can then solve it. Bar modelling is used in different ways in different year groups. Click on the documents below to find out more.