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Our mathematics teaching up to Christmas followed the White Rose Maths programme for children in Key Stage One and Key Stage 2. The White Rose scheme of learning supports a mastery approach and has been developed by teachers ensuring practical coverage of the National Curriculum.   However we are now piloting  Power Maths - a Government approved mastery program in years 2,3,5 and EYFS with other classes continuing to use the White Rose scheme of work.  Teachers use various resources to teach the learning objectives and use their professional judgement to decide which are most suitable for their class. 

We believe that all children, who are introduced to a concept, should have the opportunity to build on their abilities by following a concrete-pictorial-abstract approach.

  • Concrete – children should have the opportunity to use concrete objects to help them understand what they are doing.

  • Pictorial – alongside this children should use pictorial representations. These representations can then be used to help reason and solve problems.

  • Abstract – both concrete and pictorial representations should support children’s understanding of abstract methods.

We also have a ‘Magic Maths’ session whenever possible in all classes. This is a quick fire session where children practice numberbonds, tables and key concepts are reinforced outside the maths lesson. 

At Benenden, we are passionate about children enjoying their maths and games to reinforce concepts are also widely used. 

Each child from year 1 upwards has a Sumdog login. THis is a secure, fun website where children practise their number facts and knowledge and can also practice spelling