At Brentside Primary Academy, we believe that Mathematics is a lifelong skill that will, if taught effectively, enhance the future quality of life for the pupils entrusted to us. Moreover, Maths is an essential preparation for the demands of the 21st century and beyond. As a school we have adopted the ‘Maths No Problem’ curriculum, which develops mathematical fluency without resorting to rote learning. It does this by using approaches which include the use of concrete, pictorial and abstract methods, as well as bar modelling. Children will progress through different methods according to their readiness and confidence. Accordingly, children within one class/year group will be at different stages. Maths at Brentside Primary Academy is about drawing connections, supporting the thinking process, and instilling comprehensive understanding. We encourage perseverance which, in turn, gives students confidence as they become equipped to solve problems using many different skills.
As the Maths curriculum is based on ‘Maths No Problem’, there are 5 main components to most Mathematics lessons (in order):
1. The Anchor Task
3. Guided Practice
4. Independent Practice / Guided Groups / Enrichment
The emphasis of the curriculum is on problem solving, discussion and evidence-based learning and teaching. In our programme, you will find that the teaching focuses on the use of core competencies: Questioning, Discussion, Feedback, Finding Patterns, and Mental Strategies
As a result we have a community of enthusiastic mathematicians who enjoy showcasing their developing skills. They are confident in taking on risks and challenging word problems, as they are able to apply reasoning skills effectively. As a school community, students feel confident to discuss and share their thoughts ideas and methodologies with others. Our attainment at the end of EYFS, KS1 and KS2 is in line with or above those of Ealing and the national average.
BPA use the Singapore Maths Scheme to enhance mathematics teaching throughout the Academy