At Gordonbrock, we believe that a high quality education in Maths not only provides vital tools for understanding the world around us but also helps develop broader problem solving skills and a curiosity that allows children to thrive in all areas of their learning. With the introduction of the DFE and NCETM Ready to Progress Criteria (2020), Gordonbrock set about to ensure that the core aims of mathematical fluency, problem solving and reasoning were being addressed, and by focusing on making sure they are fluent and confident in the facts and methods that they most frequently need in order to be successful with further study. 

The importance of fluency in the fundamentals of mathematics has long been recognised at Gordonbrock. In response to the most recent guidance, we have revisited and refreshed previous methods to develop a systematic approach to the teaching of ‘Basic Skills,’ ensuring children are given time to practise key skills by providing a framework for children to build confidence and resilience in their mathematical approach. These skills centre around counting in different forms and the recall and application of specific number facts and times tables.  Through mastery of these, children are given a greater freedom to explore more complicated mathematical concepts.

Through the development of ‘Mastery’ approaches within the classroom, we also nurture the skills of problem solving and reasoning to allow children to gain a greater depth of understanding in mathematics. The rich and varied curriculum provided offers pupils frequent opportunities to apply mathematical knowledge, and to show their ability to be systematic and logical. Learners are encouraged to find rules and patterns that support their conjectures, and through explaining their reasoning, are able to demonstrate comprehension at a deeper level.

As a core subject in the National Curriculum, children across the school engage in daily Maths sessions to advance their learning. Maths at Gordonbrock is an enjoyable and rewarding experience for pupils and, through a variety of approaches, is designed to engage all learners.  Lessons aim to equip them with the tools to become real mathematicians by using a concrete, pictorial and abstract approach (CPA). We encourage children to consider different strategies and to learn from mistakes while offering opportunities for both independent and collaborative work.

As a result, beyond their mathematical competency, our pupils develop the skills of perseverance and resilience, as well as recognising the importance of working as a team.

Ben Stephen, Maths Team Leader

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