At Brookfield Junior School the children have 5 hourly sessions of Maths each week.
We organise their maths experiences so that they are a combination of active and practical tasks; allowing the children to learn new methods of calculation, alongside putting their knowledge and skills into real life situations.
- At the beginning of the lesson we have a mental or oral starter, which provides the children with opportunities to improve their mental maths skills and ability. It is also used to recap previous learning.
- The teacher will introduce the day’s lesson, and explore the different levelled Learning Questions (or LQs) that the children will be tackling today.
- The children are then provided with a variety of questions to answer that match the different levels.
- Depending on which questions they are able to answer securely, the teacher will then decide the appropriate level of work for that child today.
- Within the lesson, once children prove they have a secure understanding, the teacher or PALL will move the children on and teach them the skills required for the next level.
- The lesson is called to a stop 10 minutes before the end for the plenary. This is a time to revisit the LQ and steps to success (which are the required steps to ensure they are successful), to help the children assess their learning and understanding.
The classroom environment is set up to help the children learn: each classroom has a Maths board with key vocabulary, examples to support their learning and examples of children’s learning celebrating brilliant achievements.
Children regularly have the opportunity to practice their basic maths skills, as well as revisit topics that they struggled with.
Achievements and efforts in Maths are celebrated every week, when 2 or 3 children in each class are named as the Mighty Mathematicians.