Gunness and Burringham CofE Primary School

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At Gunness and Burringham Church of England Primary School, we believe every child can achieve in maths and it is our responsibility to provide the environment and experiences to make this possible. We believe every child is a capable mathematician with the ability to reason and problem solve. Our intention is that all children will develop a secure knowledge of mathematical concepts and be able to apply these in a range of contexts, including real life experiences. We endeavour for all children to see mistakes as learning opportunities and feel empowered to ask questions, explain and reason. We continue to develop resilience and encourage children to embrace challenge.



We adopt a ‘mastery’ approach to the teaching of maths across the whole school. This approach recognises the value of developing the power to think, understand and reason rather than just ‘do’ using a set of given rules. The fundamental belief is that every child can achieve number fluency, confidence and understanding step by step.

Through a positive growth mindset from teachers and pupils, combined with strong teacher subject knowledge, all children will be given the opportunity to access and achieve age related expectations (ARE).

This will ensure we are narrowing gaps and encouraging similar rates of progression.  Children will be taught procedural and conceptual fluency with number and problem solving having high profile.  Children who grasp and master objectives will have their learning challenged through deeper thinking tasks rather than progressing to objectives beyond their age.  Children who do not succeed in mastering an objective will be quickly identified with support put in place to help them narrow the gap.  This will be with same day intervention or next day intervention, so they are able to access the next step of learning with the rest of the children in the following lesson.  In some cases, a child may not be working at ARE so individual support plans need to be in place to ensure the child is taught to meet their full potential.



Maths Week!

Problem solving, reasoning and collaborative learning. Just some of the things that took place this week. The children had a great week working both together and individually to solve problems linked to concepts that have been previously taught. 


Year 2 have been learning about money this week so we played shops to help with making different amounts of money.


The 99 Club is a new mental-oral starter at Gunness & Burringham Primary School which aims to raise standards in Maths through encouraging pupils to improve their mental calculations when attempting quick-fire multiplication and division problems.


The idea is that with repeated practice, the scheme should result in increased speed and confidence when tackling mental maths problems without relying on written workings and methods.


All KS1 pupils will begin at the 11 Club and work their way up, having one opportunity per week during the start of one of their Maths lessons to answer all calculations at their current level unaided and within the allotted time of five minutes. Lower KS2 will begin at the 33 Club and Upper KS2 will begin at the 44 Club.


If all of the calculations are answered correctly twice in a row, the child moves up to the next level!


The initial 11 Club involves eleven problems which involve doubling numbers up to ten ie. 5+5, 8+8. The 22 Club then adds eleven further questions involving repeated addition for numbers from one to ten ie. 3+3+3+3, 5+5+5+5+5, while the 33 Club begins to introduce times tables.


Division facts are added by the time a pupil reaches the 77 Club, and in the 88 Club and 99 Club, pupils will be tackling a range of mixed multiplication and division problems. 


The full breakdown of The 99 Club levels is as follows:

11 Club - 11 questions involving doubling numbers from one to ten

22 Club - 22 questions involving repeated addition of numbers from one to ten

33 Club - 33 questions introducing the 2x, 3x, 5x and 10x tables

44 Club - 44 questions adding the 1x, 4x and 6x tables

55 Club - 55 questions adding the 7x and 8x tables

66 Club - 66 questions adding the 9x, 11x and 12x tables

77 Club - 77 questions consisting of inverse division facts

88 Club - 88 questions of mixed multiplication and division facts

99 Club - 99 questions of mixed multiplication and division facts

The ultimate challenge is to complete all 99 questions of the 99 Club unaided, with no errors and within five minutes!


Some especially skilled mathematicians may even make it on to the BronzeSilver and even Gold Clubs which include over one hundred problems to complete in the five minutes, including some very tricky problems involving squares, square roots and cubed numbers! Wow!


This is going to be a new and exciting way for all children to increase their confidence when using multiplication and division facts.


Whilst it is not suitable for Foundation Stage, if Mrs Stone feels that the children are ready later in the year, they may given the opportunity to join the 11 Club.


We can't wait to start sharing some of the results with you!

Good luck to all of the children!