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Bearbrook Combined School

An Academy of the Great Learners Trust




We follow White Rose as a teaching sequence for delivering our Maths lessons. This will mainly be supplemented by PiXL resources and the NCETM teaching spines. 


Lessons are taught using the Maths Mastery approach and include discussions, questioning, a variety of fun maths activities and demonstrations of concepts. Learning is broken down into small, connected steps, building from what pupils already know.




Teachers have high expectations of all children, there is no limit to learning. Support and challenge opportunities are provided to enable all children to feel success.  Children are taught in mixed ability groupings. All children move through the same content at the same time. Differentiation happens by providing opportunities to explore concepts in greater depth and apply understanding to different situations. For those who require more support, concepts are scaffolded and further practise is provided. 


Every lesson includes opportunities for children to talk to each other and the teacher about ideas. Sentence stems are visible and referred to throughout the lesson. Children are encouraged to answer in full sentences and explain their thinking using correct mathematical vocabulary.


All year groups have a mental arithmetic lesson each week. This will include times tables for Years 2-6.  Key Instant Recall Facts (KIRF) sheets are sent home each half term, these include ideas for practising at home. The Numbots, TT Rockstars and Arithmagician programmes are used for school battles and home learning. Reception, Years 1, 2, 4 and 5 have an extra Mastering Number session each day, in addition to their daily Maths lesson.