Mathematics at Bournville Infant School reflects the recent important changes in maths, moving away from a curriculum of breadth (children being accelerated through to new content too early) to one of depth. This means all children will aim to build a deep understanding of concepts so they can apply their skills fluently and flexibly by being challenged to solve increasingly complex problems before tacking new content. They achieve this by using a variety of ‘concrete’ materials such as cubes, counters, Numicon and dienes as well as pictorial representations. There is a growing focus on children using mathematical reasoning to answer questions and respond to statements such as ‘Prove it, ‘How do you know?‘ and Explain’. At Bournville Infant School we SNIVEL!!
S – Do some maths, then stop
N – Notice something
I – Investigate further, does it always happen?
V – Verbalise and visualise (what does it look like?)
E – Explain why
L – Lead on and link (what if…)