DBIS AIMS TO ENSURE THAT ALL STUDENTS HAVE THE TOOLS AND UNDERSTANDING TO BE ABLE TO APPLY THEIR MATHEMATICAL KNOWLEDGE IN ORDER TO SOLVE PROBLEMS, INVESTIGATE, BE CREATIVE AND HAVE FUN WITH NUMBERS.
Our mathematics curriculum is based on the UK National Curriculum and operates as a spiral learning model, which allows students to revisit and build upon their skills and concepts throughout the academic year.
Teachers ensure that learning in mathematics is fun and interactive so our students develop a genuine enthusiasm for the subject. We recognise that students have varying abilities, therefore, ensure the learning is carefully differentiated to meet the needs of all learners in classes or discrete maths groups. Students are given time to think deeply about the maths and really understand concepts at a relational level, rather than as a set of rules or procedures.
As our students develop their mathematical knowledge and understanding they move through three phases of learning; fluency, reasoning and application. We ensure that we provide opportunities for differentiation, and those pupils who grasp concepts quickly are challenged with rich and sophisticated problems within the topic and through other maths enrichment opportunities. Those children who are not sufficiently fluent are provided additional support to consolidate their understanding and celebrate their success before moving on. This inclusive approach and its emphasis on promoting multiple methods of solving a problem builds self-confidence and resilience in our students.
All students are exposed to an extensive range of formal and informal written calculation methods, and we constantly aim to ensure that the learning in maths is linked directly to the real world, so that students can understand the importance and relevance of applying their skills in everyday situations.