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The school provides a broad and balanced curriculum planned in accordance with the National Curriculum which teaches all children key skills, concepts and attitudes and develops their knowledge and understanding across all curriculum areas.

Please refer to the links below and to the 'Key Information' page for further details about our curriculum. 


Mathematics is a life skill and provides a way of viewing and making sense of the world. It can be used to analyse and communicate information and ideas and to tackle a range of practical tasks and real life problems. We want the children at Bitterne Manor Primary School to enjoy learning mathematical concepts. We use Mathematics to enrich the children's learning experiences and to provide them with a useful tool for everyday life.
We aim to:
  • enhance knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical concepts.
  • talk about and explain their understanding of concepts, skills and methods as well as listen to others.
  • prepare children to use mathematics in the wider world.
  • enjoy mathematics.
  • become independent mathematics learners.
  • be able to apply knowledge and skills to mathematical tasks.
  • provide equal opportunities for all children.
During a child’s time in Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception) they will develop awareness of maths in the world around them. This includes learning about numbers and shapes and the language of mathematics. 
In Years 1-6 pupils are grouped into ability within each class, in order to meet the needs of children of differing abilities, allowing for differentiation. During open-ended activities or investigative work, differentiation is by outcome or through responses to varied questioning.
We plan for lots of opportunities for active learning, this includes encouraging the children to verbalise what are doing and why, tackle a range of tasks involving practical investigations and problem solving, apply their knowledge and skills to tasks within mathematics and other curriculum areas. Teachers’ expectations are high and matched to the ability and experience of individual children.
Mathematics lessons are organised into a three part lesson:- Mental and Oral Starter, when children practice their mental mathematics skills. This is followed by the main part of the lesson where the focus is on developing key skills from the mathematics topic being taught, finally there is a plenary where the learning is drawn together and children reflect on what they have learnt and what they need to do next time.
Children's work is assessed continuously in line with National Curriculum requirements and the school's assessment policy. Observational and written assessments are made as an integral part of the child's work. Assessments carried out throughout each unit of work are used to inform future planning; helping children know their next steps in their learning. End of Key Stage attainment is reported to parents along with the child's annual report. Pupils' attainment in mathematics is recorded by the class teacher each term to track individual progress.
Mathematics targets are displayed in the classroom. The children are familiar with their targets and know what steps to take in order to achieve them. During parent's evening, the parents are informed of the children’s next steps in learning.
Pupils at our school respond positively to the full range of tasks, and are able to tackle real life problems and undertake investigations appropriate to their age, ability and previous attainment. Pupils say that maths is fun and that they enjoy learning.
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