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.
At Hensall we want our children to relish maths and succeed. We aim to foster the values of curiosity and determination and provide all children in school with the tools required to successfully unlock the maths curriculum. The key, in order to do this, is to develop a Mastery approach. Mastery teaching addresses the needs of all pupils on a daily basis. We are aspirational - believing that everyone is capable of achieving high standards and, with very minimal exceptions, all children are taught the same age-related objective at the same time. As challenge is essential for children’s self-belief and resilience, we make sure it is part of everyday maths for all pupils; provided through depth of both planned activities and higher order questioning for those for whom concepts were well understood.
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 way:
Fluent in Five provides a daily set of arithmetic practice for Years 1-6, designed to help children develop and maintain fluency in both written and mental calculations. The structure of Fluent in Five is also designed to help Key Stage 2 children distinguish between written and mental calculations.
KS2 children will also include Rapid Reasoning
Rapid Reasoning provides at least three questions a day for Years 3–6, and is designed to help children develop and practise their reasoning skills. Rapid Reasoning has been carefully structured with progression through the KS2 curriculum in mind. As you work through the activities, pupils will gradually learn new concepts whilst also revisiting content from earlier in the curriculum.
Children in EYFS and KS1 have access to the Numbots programme which is aimed at children achieving a sound knowledge of understanding, recall and fluency in mental addition and subtraction.
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.
Maths Vocabulary - coming soon!
Curriculum Progression Documents
The curriculum progression document for maths shows how we map subject knowledge and skills sequentially from EYFS to Year 6. In each year group, we know the order of what our pupils have learnt, what they are learning and what they will need to learn in the future. This document enables us to identify any gaps in learning that need to be addressed to ensure that new learning makes sense to our pupils.