At Bridge Junior School, we aim to provide an exciting maths curriculum that engages all children by using a variety of teaching and learning styles in our lessons. Our principal aim is to develop children’s knowledge, skills and understanding in mathematics. We make sure that children have the opportunity to use a wide range of resources such as number lines, number squares, digit cards and small apparatus to support their work.
In all classes it is recognised that there are children of differing mathematical abilities, so we ensure that work is suitably differentiated where the challenge of tasks match the ability of the child. We achieve this in a number of ways:
- Differentiated tasks, which involves setting different tasks for pupils of different abilities
- Organising the children into ability groups
- Children supported by a classroom assistant
- Varying expectations of the outcome of the task, which involves setting open-ended tasks and allowing pupil response at different levels.
What is Abacus Maths?
The school uses Abacus Maths which is a unique maths toolkit that's allows teachers to develop mathematical skills through carefully crafted lessons to help children develop a love of maths and help every child master mathematical concepts.
There are 3 key principles:
- Understanding - that children need a robust understanding and secure foundation in maths to develop:
- conceptual understanding
- numerical fluency
- problem-solving skills and
- mathematical confidence.
- Progression - to ensure every child can move on, Abacus is built on a series of detailed progression ladders.
- Control - the teachers are the experts when it comes to knowing their class. So, Abacus allows them flexibility to move on or recap on different mathematical learning areas, depending on the needs of the children.