St Bartholomew's

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In Nursery the children experience maths everyday through whole class teaching, focused activities with an adult and through play opportunities in and outside the classroom. Maths is discovered, explored, discussed and made sense of from the child's own perspective, guided and facilitated by the adults.




At St Bartholomew’s Church of England Academy, we teach our mathematics lessons through the White Rose Maths schemes of learning from Reception to Year 6. The scheme is at the heart of our mathematics teaching and is adapted, through careful consideration of small steps, to suit our pupils at St Bartholomew’s.


    Lessons and activities are designed to encourage children to become more fluent in their reasoning skills and encourage a higher level of thinking in maths in order to deepen understanding and master concepts. Concepts are built on sequentially and learning is broken down into small steps, which are the basis of each lesson.  We have adapted the White Rose lesson resources to create a six part lesson structure:


    • Skills Check
    • Explore
    • Guided Learning
    • Explain
    • Independent Learning
    • Reflect



    Specific arithmetic practice is timetabled in 3 times a week, across KS2, for 10 minutes in order to develop and consolidate fluency of key arithmetic methods.



    See the pictures and documents below for the yearly overviews.


    As a school, we follow the White Rose Maths Calculation Policy.  The policy is broken down into addition and subtraction, and multiplication and division.  The policies give an overview of the different models and images that support the teaching of different concepts throughout the year groups.  Each operation is broken down into skills with different models and images that enable the teaching of them.  These skills are linked to year groups to support consistency through out the school.



    The document below gives an at-a-glance guide to how the White Rose Maths curriculum links to the Key Stage 1 and 2 National Curriculum, and how it progresses through topics.

    The White Rose Maths curriculum is a cumulative curriculum, so once a topic is covered it is met many times again in other contexts.  Content is also re-visited on a daily basis through our use of White Rose’s ‘Flash Back 4’ activities, which are completed at the beginning of the day across KS1 and KS2.  



    As a school, we are part of the Mastering Number project, run by the NCETM (National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics). 


    The project aims to secure firm foundations in the development of good number sense for all children from Reception through to Year 1 and Year 2. The aim over time is that children will leave KS1 with fluency in calculation and a confidence and flexibility with number, which inevitably give them strong foundations from which to build on in KS2.


    This programme focuses on the key knowledge and understanding needed from Reception to Year 2.  These classes, therefore, have a daily teaching session of 10 to 15 minutes, in addition to their normal maths lesson.


    To find out more about the project and the rekenreks used within the sessions, please follow the link below. 



    Times Table Rockstars is a fun and competitive way for children to learn their times tables. Each child from Year 1 to Year 6 has a username and password so that they can develop their knowledge and recall of the times tables.


    Children need to complete 15 minutes of dedicated times tables practice, against their personalised goals, each week before they can access the single and multi-player games. 


    Individual and class competitions are run on a weekly basis, with winners being awarded certificates in celebration assembly.  Overall half-termly winners are also displayed on our Times Tables Rock Stars display.