Maths at Hensall
Mathematics is important in our everyday life, allowing us to make sense of the world around us and to manage our lives. Using mathematics enables us to model real-life situations and make connections and informed predictions. It equips us with the skills we need to interpret and analyse information, simplify and solve problems, assess risk and make informed decisions.
Being confident in mathematics gives children and young people access to the wider curriculum. Mathematics at Hensall is rich and stimulating, it engages and fascinates learners of all ages, interests and abilities. Learning mathematics develops logical reasoning, analysis, problem-solving skills, creativity and the ability to think in abstract ways. It uses a universal language of numbers and symbols which allows us to communicate ideas in a concise, unambiguous and rigorous way. To face the challenges of the 21st century, each young person needs to have confidence in using mathematical skills
At Hensall, we aim for all children to master the maths curriculum, through becoming fluent in the basics of number and then applying these skills to problem solving and reasoning. We do this by teaching in the following sequence:
Maths Talk – key questions, discussions and vocabulary
Fluency – children carrying out the method
Twist It – questions put into a different context
Deepening It – reasoning, problem solving and mastery maths
At Hensall the use of working walls facilitate independence and allow pupils to feel involved and responsible for their learning.
Key features of a maths working wall:
Focus - this will be the topic for the week or the unit, for example fractions or multiplication.
Top Tips - has correct methods or steps, written by the teacher or by pupils within a lesson.
Vocabulary - examples of mathematical language to ensure the children can explain their work precisely and fluently.
WAGOLL - ‘What a good one looks like’ will demonstrate an example of maths work produced by the children or teacher, that highlights the expected standard of learning.
A lot of the rich, interesting maths is all about the multiplicative relationships and these are hard to fully grasp without fluent recall of the tables. For that reason, learning the tables is fundamental – they are a key facilitator to the maths that sits on top.
When it comes to times tables, speed and accuracy are important – the more facts your child remembers, the easier it is for them to do harder calculations. Times Table Rock Stars is a fun and challenging programme designed to help students master the times tables! To be a Times Table Rock Star you need to answer any multiplication fact up to 12×12 in less than 3 seconds!