Bishop Aldhelm's CE
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This Mathematics page has been created so that you can read our Calculation Policy for each year group, which show the methods that children use for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. These have all been created in line with the new national curriculum. There are now clear expectations for each year group that you can see for every operation.
Each page contains four rows with different methods in each year group that show the progression that the children will make. As children move up through the school, they will not always start from the first method in each row if they can already use it.
Bar modelling is a useful tool to use across all areas of mathematics. It gives children a flexible and robust tool in their toolkits which they can they use to solve different mathematical problems in different contexts.
Bar modelling is not just about drawing diagrams. When we teach children to use bar models in the context of solving mathematical problems, they should always be recording the calculations that these are telling them to use.
Much of the bar modelling done in EYFS and KS1 will parallel the types of bar models required to work out how to solve complex KS2 and GCSE level questions, so it is important that these skills are taught consistently throughout a child’s time at primary school.
There are 3 examples of bar models being used in different areas of mathematics across our school in the pictures on the right. The bar model policy, which outlines how we use bar models in each year group, can be found in the downloads section below.