Maths at Burrsville Infant Academy
At Burrsville Infant Academy we ensure that our Maths curriculum encourages children to be enthusiastic about their learning. Teachers plan their lessons to include a balance of practical, pictorial and abstract Maths. We build on the skills the children develop and promote problem solving and reasoning.
White Rose Maths
As part of our Maths curriculum we use White Rose Maths. It takes each part of the Maths Curriculum and breaks it down into units or topics e.g. Addition and subtraction, shape. The objectives in each block are broken down into a series of carefully planned small steps to support the teaching of skills. Teachers use White Rose Maths when planning their lessons and adapt accordingly. They also ensure that a range of problem solving and reasoning skills are taught allowing children to apply their skills in a range of ways.
At Burrsville we also run Maths Meetings three times a week. The purpose of the Maths Meetings is to develop children’s fluency and mental maths skills. Each meeting is split into activities. We make a Maths meetings as fun as possible and use a variety of rhymes, songs and visuals. As well as our Maths Meetings, every class completes ‘Calendar Maths’ daily.
Numicon and Numicon at home kits
Numicon is a multi-sensory teaching resources designed to help children visualise numbers. Each number is represented by a different coloured Numicon piece. Children can use this to explore key concepts including addition and subtraction, multiplication and division.
We have a number of Numicon at home kits that can be borrowed to use at home. A £5 deposit is required to borrow the box ad when it is returned with everything in it you get your money back.
During the autumn term our open mornings had a Maths focus. Parents came into school to see how we use Numicon to support children during Maths lessons and learnt about the use of Mathletics.