Mathematics is all around us; it underpins much of our daily lives and our futures as individuals and collectively. Considerable importance is attached to the children achieving and understanding mathematical processes, concepts and skills. A favourable attitude is encouraged by presenting it in an interesting and enjoyable way, allowing the children to actively participate in the learning process, thus creating a sense of achievement and confidence. There is a strong emphasis on the development of mental arithmetic and giving opportunities for pupils to use and apply mathematics in real life situations.

Maths is taught through a daily maths lesson and class teachers also plan for opportunities to develop and apply key mathematical skills in other subjects throughout the year.

As the Secretary of State for Education said last year:

‘… mathematical understanding is critical to our children’s future. Our economic future depends on stimulating innovation, developing technological breakthroughs, making connections between scientific disciplines. And none of that is possible without ensuring more and more of our young people are mathematically literate and mathematically confident. Mathematical understanding underpins science and engineering, and it is the foundation of technological and economic progress. As information technology, computer science, modelling and simulation become integral to an ever-increasing group of industries, the importance of maths grows and grows.’ 

Bar Models
Children throughout the school are learning how to use The Bar Model to understand the structure of a maths problem, especially word problems. 
Read these blogs/ articles to find out more about bar models... Using bar models to help your child

Not, "I can't do it," but, "I can't do it YET! "

At Brixham C of E we approach maths with a GROWTH MINDSET, whereby we believe that EVERY child is capable of learning and achieving in maths. A positive attitude to maths allows the children to be more resilient and determined. Research shows that those children that have a growth mindset develop more connections in their brain than those with a fixed mindset. Especially when they struggle with a problem or make a mistake! Therefore we continually strive to challenge the children to move beyond their comfort zone in order to promote a persevering, growth mindset attitude to maths learning.  

 For more information on this approach please click here and here

 'The key to understanding maths is making sense of it. Many students believe that math is a set of formulas that have to be remembered – this belief is associated with low achievement. Maths is a very creative subject that is, at its core, about visualizing patterns and creating solution paths that others can see, discuss and critique.'

               Jo Boaler, Research and Development of Growth Mindset at Stanford University  


What do we think about maths?

Rebecca (Y6) 'I like the challenges. You get to work as a group- you get ideas from other people you might not think of’


Evie R (Y2) ‘One time you might not know, but the next time you can work it out’
Lauren (Y4) ‘Division- it’s hard but I still take the challenge!’
George (Y2) ‘Keep trying- get a friend to help, work with a group, then let each other know the answer’
Ellie (Y3) ‘I like finding out how many ways you can do the same question…I like it when it’s hard because you stick at it and then you get it’ Jordon (Y3) ‘Yeah you persevere!’
Ellie-Mae (Y5) ‘We learnt about Growth Mindset. If you think negative then you begin to feel negative… You can explore maths, you can work it out the way you want to’

Amelia (Y6) ‘I like working with other people, they can help and we have each other to learn from… I think working with someone helps both of us. You have to stop and go through things in a slower process and it makes you stop and think and see if you’ve made mistakes’

Georgina (Y4) ‘I like using what I know and knowing what I can use to help me’ 
Kian (Y5) ‘I like a challenge, if you’re always doing easy stuff you won’t learn, it can push you… You begin to gain confidence and make progress over time’
Frank (Y2) ’ If there are things that are tricky you can still learn so I still like it… you have to keep on trying- be a have a go hero!'

Corey (Y6) ‘I like it when we get to mix subjects like drawing with maths’

Katie A (Y5) ‘I like doing extensions- we sometimes get stuck but we get there together’
What does maths look like at Brixham C of E?
Please see the videos below for a flavour of maths across the school and second, in Year 3, using Cuisenaire Rods.

Can you pass the primary school maths test?

Only one-in-20 British adults can correctly answer all 10 of these primary school maths questions. How would you do?

See videos below with step by step guidance for you to help your child/ren at home: