This page provides prospective parents and visitors with a glimpse into our Maths Curriculum at Ivybridge.
Ivybridge parents are also given termly planners outlining the learning opportunities provided in each year group every term.
Maths at Ivybridge
At Ivybridge Primary School:
Children have a minimum of 5 maths lessons per week. Ivybridge Primary School uses the Big Maths program to guide children’s progress, particularly with a focus on calculation. This is complimented with at least four 20 minute CLIC sessions a week which provide children with an opportunity to practise and embed a range of core number skills and mental maths including, but not limited to, multiplication tables, counting forwards and backwards in different increments, recognising and using multiplication and division facts, mental and written calculation and understanding number/place value facts. The fast-moving and repetitive nature of the program allows multiple revisits of a skill. A 5th session of CLIC takes place each week (usually on a Friday) in the form of ‘Big Maths Beat That’ where children undertake a short timed assessment based on their termly CLIC topics and are encouraged to improve upon or ‘beat’ their score.
Where applicable, the skills taught in CLIC sessions (which take place directly prior to the main maths session) link with the learning of the lesson/week/previous week’s learning. The main session maths session following CLIC may either be a calculation lesson (which closely follows the Big Maths scheme of progress) or a wider maths topic. In addition to Big Maths/CLIC, the Ivybridge maths curriculum follows the National Curriculum. Our maths Assessment Criteria sheets are situated at the front of each child’s maths book for Years 1-6 and these contain the National Curriculum objectives for each year group which must be taught.
Children are given exposure to problems in a variety of different formats from single-method to multi-step and those that require more complex reasoning. The language associated with word problems is used consistently from early on in their school career so as to familiarise children with it and enable them to dissect problems effectively in order to know how to solve them, both in theory and real life.
It is intended that when children leave Ivybridge Primary for secondary, they do so with a solid foundation of skills across all aspects of mathematics which will enable them not just in their future education at secondary but in preparing them for daily life, and that they are keen problem-solvers who enjoy discussing and dissecting a range of maths problems.
Our shared vision for our pupils is that they can say, ‘As an Ivybridge mathematician I am able to confidently apply my skills and knowledge to my everyday life.’