At Great Bedwyn School, we aim to create life-long mathematicians who are confident, resilient and creative in their approach to problem solving and who can use mathematics in their everyday lives and apply it to other areas of their learning.

As a school, we follow the 2014 New Primary Curriculum in maths. Pupil are taught to:

  • develop fluency in the fundamentals of maths
  • solve problems, to reason mathematically, to think logically and to work systematically and accurately,
  • use their initiative and to work both independently and in cooperation with others,
  • develop positive attitudes to mathematics and to recognise that it can be both enjoyable and useful,
  • develop a confidence with mathematics which equips them for their future lives and for future employment opportunities.

Maths is predominantly taught as a discrete lesson which generally takes place in classes every day. These lessons may take the form of a cross-curricular maths activity that develops the children’s knowledge of maths in context. In Foundation Stage, children are exposed to maths daily through planned, purposeful play activities and through a mix of adult-focused and child-initiated activities.

Other year group teachers differentiate learning through ‘Chilli Challenges’ which aim to promote a progressive feel to maths – as a measured journey towards deeper mastery.

Growth mind set and positive learning behaviours underpin the teaching of mathematics at Great Bedwyn School.

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