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At Burnt Oak we strive to develop our children into self-motivated, confident learners who are able to use and apply mathematics in a wide range of situations. 

Presently, we follow White Rose scheme of guidance to enable quality learning and teaching to take place.

We recognise that mathematics is uniquely powerful in helping children to make sense of, and describe, our world and in enabling them to solve problems.

Teaching and Learning

The Maths Curriculum

The new National Curriculum for Mathematics (2014) states:

"A high-quality mathematics education provides a foundation for understanding the world, theability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject." (National Curriculum 2014)

In 2014 a new mathematics curriculum was introduced which become statutory for all pupils from September 2015.

The national curriculum for mathematics 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, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions

 Our essential learning objectives for Mathematics at Burnt Oak Junior school are to enable children:

  • To know and use numbers.
  • To be able to add, subtract, multiply and divide.
  • To be able to use fractions.
  • To understand the properties of shapes.
  • To be able to describe position, direction and movement.
  • To be able to use measures.
  • To be able to use statistics.
  • To be able to use algebra.

Times Tables

Learning times tables is an essential part of your child's mathematical education. Children who have mastered their tables gain a solid foundation in mathematics that will help them throughout their progression within the subject. Many children are able to recite in order, their timetables, but to truly know the answer to any times table question independently is a skill that takes a lot of hard work. The national expectation for times tables by year group are as follows:

Year 1 - Count in multiples of twos, fives and tens (to the 10th multiple)

Year 2 - recall and use multiplication facts for the 2, 5 and 10 multiplication tables and show that multiplication of two numbers can be done in any order (commutative)

Year 3 - recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 3, 4 and 8 multiplication tables

Year 4 - recall multiplication facts for multiplication tables up to 12 × 12

Year 5 & 6 – Consolidating and applying (Mastery)

By the time children reach the end of KS2, the expectation is that their times tables should be secure so that they are able to answer any times table question mentally within a five second period.

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