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Maths at Much Birch


At Much Birch, we believe that maths is essential to everyday life and provides a foundation for understanding the world. Children have a naturally enquiring mind and we want to ignite that sense of curiosity of maths in them and ensure that they enjoy the subject. Our aim in maths is to enable the children to become fluent in the fundamentals, reason mathematically and solve problems by applying their learning to varied situations with confidence. Through the teaching of our core values, with a particular focus on perseverance, and our key drivers, we want to support our children in becoming the best mathematicians they can be, equipped to deal with the maths in ‘real life.’


At Much Birch, 

We follow the mastery approach; everyone can achieve. Our expectation is that the majority of pupils will move through the programme of study at the same pace. Those pupils who readily grasp concepts will reach their true potential through use of challenge. For those pupils who need more help, support will be given through intervention, manipulatives, scaffolding or adult guidance.


Our teaching is adaptive. Regular assessment (during and after lessons) ensures important elements underpinning the maths curriculum are given sufficient time and is used to inform planning so pupils can progress.  


Through the recent adoption of the lesson design - 'Do It, Twist It, Deepen It', ALL children are regularly exposed to fluency, reasoning and problem solving opportunities in lessons.


Success breeds success, therefore we ensure maths is celebrated through praise, dojos and a weekly maths award. 


Vocabulary walls promote the use of accurate mathematical terminology. This is modelled by teachers and encouraged when the children reason about the maths they are learning.


Rehearsal and consolidation are embedded into our curriculum, as well as the introduction of new concepts, through frequent recaps and flashbacks.


We have a progression map and a whole school calculation policy (see below,) which ensures that all staff and children are consistent in their use of effective and efficient teaching and learning methods. This ensures progression and a smooth transition between year groups. 


Click the link below for Maths revision videos. 

Mrs Robert's (Maths Lead) guide to Column Addition

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Mrs Robert's (Maths Lead) guide to Short Multiplication

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Mrs Robert's (Maths Lead) guide to Long Multiplication

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Mrs Robert's (Maths Lead) guide to short division

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Problem Solving Day

Pupil Voice

I love playing Bang!Bang! and the Monkey Maths game. It is great fun and helps me learn my times tables. 


If you have a teacher who explains maths properly, it's a joyful experience! We have lots of those teachers. 


'Twist It' is the same learning objective just done in a different way. It helps us really understand the maths.


I really enjoyed the problem solving day when Subject Revolution came. We did really fun activities whilst learning. I loved cracking the codes.


I like the problem-solving (Deepen It.) The really hard questions get my brain working! 


'Number sense' helps with your number bonds. It has fun games too! 



Maths Learning Links

We make a lot of use of online maths games and activities in school. Some of the links below are our most popular. Why not try some of them and let us know what you think…?

Need to brush up your maths vocabulary?

“The original A Maths Dictionary for Kids is an animated, interactive online math dictionary for students which explains over 630 common mathematical terms and math words in simple language with definitions, examples, activities, practice and calculators. A Maths Dictionary for Kids Quick Reference is a device friendly html version with definitions and detailed examples for over 950 math words and terms.”


Internet based games and songs related to times table practice

General sites with lots of interactive games/quizzes on all areas of maths

Maths at Much Birch

Numeracy resources to support learning at home

Please click on the link to open a new page with a PDF of each resource.