At Bonneville, we are devoted to ensuring all students enjoy, understand become confident mathematicians. We are committed to actively engaging our students in recognising patterns and formulae that can be transferred across the curriculum and in everyday life. We believe that securing strong foundations with practice, consolidation and exploring ideas, while working to develop mathematical fluency and understanding will enhance critical and independent thinking amongst our students.
Our three teacher model facilitates smaller teaching and learning class sizes, securing a more tailored approach to meeting the needs of our children.
Our lessons are taught with a mixture of written and practical activities. We incorporate reasoning skills and mental maths within our study. The weekly learning is then put into practice at the end of the week with an investigation activity.
Every child has their own targets in maths; this informs the child, as well as the CT on the strengths and weaknesses they may have, enabling us to further support or challenge. Regular and flexible intervention groupings are used to close gaps and challenge our children further.
Creating a varied and engaging environment for our students to practice their learning in maths is paramount. We have an annual Enterprise Week where students are given a budget to buy, create and sell goods using a basic business model. We celebrate and encourage our students by taking part in challenges against other schools for World Maths Day, as well as increasing confidence, practice and awareness through maths weeks at school.
We aim to keep maths at the forefront in order to increase their understanding, enthusiasm and confidence towards maths at Bonneville and throughout life.
At Bonneville we believe that success in Mathematics is achievable for every child. This is one of the underlying principles of the Maths Mastery approach to teaching and learning, which we are using to develop our approach to Maths at Bonneville. The Maths Mastery style is closely linked to the curriculum of Singapore which is consistently one of the highest ranked nations for mathematical performance, and already we have seen a great impact on the standards in Maths across the school.
The programme emphasises embedding a deep understanding of Maths by employing a concrete, pictorial, abstract approach – using objects and pictures before numbers and symbols so that pupils understand what they are doing rather than just learning to repeat routines without grasping what is happening.
Once a procedural skill has been mastered in the abstract, children are presented with challenging and varied problems, providing them with the opportunity to draw on their reasoning skills and demonstrate their understanding.
Ultimately, we will ensure that children leave Bonneville equipped with a solid understanding, confidence and curiosity around Maths, to support them in future success.