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Mathematics at Bader

At Bader, we aim to offer a rich and enjoyable experience in Mathematics in order to develop each of our learners into confident, passionate mathematicians.

We follow the National Curriculum for Mathematics to ensure that all pupils:  

  •        Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils have conceptual understanding and are able to recall and apply their knowledge rapidly and accurately to problems.
  •        Develop the ability to reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.
  •        Are able to solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and nonroutine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.”

Children are exposed to conceptual ideas at a concrete level with a range of apparatus, such as Numicon and Dienes blocks before moving onto pictorial representations which may mean diagrams or sketches in order to solve problems. Doing so develops children’s deep conceptual understanding and skills proficiency which supports the next step into abstract maths, such as multiplying fractions.

We also believe that children should take ownership for their own learning journey and need to be able to articulate:-

     Where am I going (Goals/Targets) – Feed Up

     How am I doing? – Feed Back

     Where to next? –  (Next Steps) Feed Forward


The Bader Maths Milestones is an assessment tool which is used for teacher, peer and self-assessment. The booklets are used consistently in lessons as a visual tool for children in order to ensure they are kept fully involved in their learning journey.  Children are able to see the steps they need to take in order to achieve each learning objective.  Each child is encouraged to reflect upon which milestone they are on throughout the learning journey and articulate what they need to do next in order to achieve (or indeed in some cases exceed) their learning objective.

Calculation Policy

The Bader Calculation Policy is used by all members of staff in order to ensure that our learners experience consistent and smooth progression of learning in calculations. This outlines expectations for each year groups and explains how key concepts should be taught. We hope that you will find in useful with supporting your child at home.

Helpful Videos

Videos to demonstrate written calculations in maths:-

Adding 2 digit numbers (no regrouping)

Adding 3 digit numbers (regrouping)

Subtracting 2 digit numbers (without regrouping)

Subtracting 3 digit numbers (regrouping)

Grid method for multiplication

Column method for short multiplication

Column method for long multiplication

Bus stop method for division

Bus stop method – 3 digit by 2 digit calculations

Bader Primary School