Maths at Barr View Academy
Pupils make particularly strong progress in mathematics. Teachers focus well on developing basic number skills, while also encouraging pupils to think and reason when solving problems. In both 2016 and 2017, pupils made better progress by the end of Year 6 than that seen nationally.
At Barr View, Mathematics is regarded as an essential part of the core curriculum which is taught on a daily basis. Our intent is that maths provides a means for organising, communicating, manipulating and predicting information and helps children to live in and understand the world.
The implementation of maths gives pupils lots of opportunity to apply their mathematical knowledge in a range of activities, including real life problems. Daily mathematic lessons build upon fluent arithmetic skills, moving onto problem solving and reasoning skills. Practical maths is taught across the school, giving children the opportunity to explore problems, both physically and mentally.
The daily sessions are complemented by mental arithmetic practise in the afternoons known as “Brain Blast.”
Calculations across the school follow an agreed policy to build on from basic to more complex methods.
The impact of our maths teaching, enables children to be confident mathematicians who are able to choose and apply strategies to a range of different situations.
Homework and Extra-curricular maths.
Making maths fun is extremely important and children in Barr View have the opportunity to extend their learning through a range of Homework activities.
Each child has access to maths bug, which is a web based site where the children can be set tasks by the teacher or simply practise skills. They also have access to Times Table Rock Stars; an online resource which allows children to practise their rapid recall of tables and build characters through rewards they can earn.
Practical maths gives children the opportunity to test hypothesis and work collaboratively with their peers.
Please click the links below to see the topics each year group covers in each term.