At Hullavington, we follow the National Primary Curriculum for mathematics, which describes what should be taught in each year group. However, decisions about when to progress are based on the security of pupils’ understanding and their readiness to progress to the next stage. Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly are challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content. Those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material are helped to consolidate their understanding through additional practice, before moving on. 

Every child is taught maths for about an hour every day. The learning objective for each lesson is discussed with the children together with the success criteria, so they know exactly what they are learning, why they are learning it and what they need to do to succeed. Generally, the lesson starts with a mental/oral session. This may be in preparation for the main part of the lesson or may be reviewing previous work. Each lesson is differentiated to accommodate different abilities. The main teaching part happens next, with activities for the children to complete either individually or collaboratively. At the end of the lesson, there is a plenary, to discuss the targets of the lesson or review ready for the next lesson.

Pupil discussions about maths confirm that children are enjoying their maths lessons in school.  They have opportunities to practice and consolidate a range of skills through maths games, apps on our iPads and Mathletics.  They know what to do when they are stuck and who to ask for help, whether their elbow or talk partner, a support member of staff or the class teacher.  ‘Working walls’ and maths displays in school are also useful aids to teaching and learning.  Work in maths books is carefully marked so children know whether they have achieved the lesson objective and what the next steps are in their learning.  Time is given in class for children to take this on board and make ‘green pen’ corrections if necessary.

Parents are sometimes invited into school to share in maths games afternoons in class.  This gives the opportunity to see how learning objectives can be met in an entertaining way and share in some fun activities!  Our playground and outside learning areas also provide a friendly environment for outdoor maths learning.

Key Stage 1, Years 1-2

Lower Key Stage 2, Years 3-4

Upper Key Stage 2, Years 5-6

So, what sort of things will my child actually be doing in maths?