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At Blessed Sacrament we believe that an understanding of mathematics is very important in the everyday life of children and adults.  A variety of approaches in the teaching and learning of mathematics, including problem-solving, investigations, mental maths, practical work and more formal teaching of mathematical skills are used. 

We are using Inspire Maths from September 2017

From September 2017, we have begun using Inspire Maths in Years 1,3,4 and 5.

Our aims are to encourage the children to think Mathematically to form sound concepts in number, all forms of measurement, length, weight, areas, volume, capacity, time, shape and data handling and to achieve competence in working with numbers not only in written work but to solve problems by using a range of mental strategies.

Inspire Maths is a transformational, whole-school primary maths programme based on the leading Singapore Maths series My Pals are Here, used in 100% of Singapore's state primary schools.

  • Accessible pupil textbooks introduce concepts in a highly scaffolded way, enabling all children to develop critical thinking skills, make mathematical connections and become confident mathematicians
  • Built on a concrete - pictorial - abstract approach, ensuring secure foundations and deep understanding of mathematical concepts
  • Uses a spiral progression to develop fluency, reasoning, and problem solving and conceptual understanding for mastery

 

In Years 2 and 6  the National Curriculum is used to inform planning so that children are given the opportunities to:
  • develop independence, thinking for themselves and taking responsibility for their own learning
  • achieve a good level of numeracy and develop their ‘number sense,’ evaluating whether their answer is sensible and accurate
  • develop an understanding of mathematical vocabulary and notation
  • develop mathematical concepts in real life contexts
  • make appropriate links with prior learning and have the confidence to apply the knowledge and experience they have gained to new mathematical tasks
  • develop a logical approach to mathematics through problem solving and investigation and linking this with other areas of the curriculum.
  • build resilience when solving problems

   Calculation Progressions


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