In line with the National Curriculum, the study of Mathematics is focussed on the development of the children’s mathematical fluency, reasoning and problem solving. Our home Maths learning scheme is geared towards encouraging the children of Bessemer to practise their number facts at home and then apply them to problem solving activities in and out of the classroom. Skills development is embedded in our approach to Maths from the Foundation Stage upwards with children being provided with a range of practical resources to help them work out answers and results. By accommodating different learning styles we foster independent learners who are confident using a variety of methods when calculating. Our streamed system enables us to target individuals and support children with different needs. Social stories and contextualised learning form the blueprint of how we approach Maths in both Key Stage 1 & 2 and this ensures that our children are engaged and can make connections with everyday scenarios that require a Mathematical perspective; thus cementing the importance of developing their Maths skills. We have adopted a progressive mentality to Maths and believe that children should build consistently on their knowledge and skills. As a result there is a common thread to how Maths is taught from Nursery to Year 6, which ultimately ensures our children leave Bessemer Grange as confident and curious Mathematicians.
Home Learning Scheme
In a bid to help the children improve their mental maths skills, the children are encouraged to practise their Maths at home through Bessemer’s Home Maths Rocket Scheme. The new National Curriculum places a huge emphasis on children knowing their number facts and our scheme is designed to encourage the children to practise and learn them at home with your support.
The scheme involves six ‘Rocket Cards’ that are pitched at the expected standard for each year group from Year 1 through to Year 6. All children are given the Maths Rocket of the year group that they are in unless they are working below age-related expectations, where they are given a Maths Rocket that is pitched at their maths level.
Each week, the children’s maths teacher informs them of which objective they will be learning in school and will additionally need to practise at home as their homework. Every Friday, the children are given 10 questions to answer in relation to this objective, with a child needing to get all questions correct to have achieved that objective. Once they have completed all of the objectives in a ‘step’ they receive a certificate, which is presented during Rewards Assembly, and a prize.
The children are able to further develop their learning at home through the use of Mathletics, a computer-based tool that contains a range of engaging games, activities and interactive tutorials in line with the National Curriculum expectations in Maths. If your child does not have a Mathletics username and password, please contact your child’s class teacher.
Please refer to the ‘Parents Workshop’ section of the school website and the school diary for any dates of future workshops.
Children problem solving in Maths