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Great Binfields Primary School Calculation Policy

At Great Binfields, we aim to deliver a rich and engaging mathematics curriculum which enables children to be numerate and confident mathematicians who can apply their knowledge to real life contexts. We strive to empower all children to think mathematically, demonstrate reasoning and apply their understanding within a variety of concepts to effectively problem solve. Furthermore, we focus on developing children’s self-confidence in their ability to approach mathematical problems as we feel this promotes independent and aspiring learners. We believe that instilling a love and curiosity for maths is essential as it is a subject that is crucial for the successful navigation through everyday life. 

"Nature is written in mathematical language" Galileo Galilei

By providing opportunities to work collaboratively and discuss links between different concepts, children are able to make clear justifications for their method of thinking. In turn, children learn to support and challenge each other’s reasoning whilst deepening their own understanding even further. The children are able to explore misconceptions and work towards mathematical generalisations whilst also building their reasoning skills.

"Go deep down into anything and you will find mathematics" Dean Schlicter


We deliver the National Curriculum using a concrete-pictorial-abstract model. This means introducing the children to concrete materials that illuminate mathematical structure, helping them to visualise the structure through images and drawings. We aim for the children to be able to move fluently between the three different ways of representing mathematics questions or problems.

A quote from Ofsted from our previous visit:

"Pupils' outcomes are exceptionally strong across the school. In mathematics, teachers have built pupils’ mathematical knowledge to help them successfully solve problems. Pupils do this well and explain their thinking with confidence." Ofsted May 2019. 

We follow the National Curriculum for Mathematics, which aims to ensure that all pupils:

- become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.

- reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.

- can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication.

Take a look at the full publication below.

Maths Dictionary for Parents

Some of the language that the children may use at home when talking about their mathematical learning will include basic terms such as addition or subtraction, but they may also use terms that you are unsure of. Here is a helpful maths glossary for parents which is packed full of the everyday phrases and terms that your children will encounter at school.

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