How we Teach Maths at Blackhorse
A fluent mathematician can:
- recall key number facts (times tables & number bonds) instantly, including inverse facts.
- use the four number operations accurately and effectively.
- understand the number system, particularly place value and fractions, decimals & percentages.
A mathematician who reasons can:
- Work systematically to solve number problems.
- Use trial and improvement
- Work logically.
- Spot mathematical patterns.
- Visualise mathematical problems using a range of mathematical models.
- Working backwards and use inverse operations.
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
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.
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.