At Stewart Headlam and Hague Schools Federation we want all children to feel positive about maths, for them to enjoy working things out using their known facts and problem solving skills. Maths should be fun even when learning from mistakes. We want children to enjoy explaining how they worked it out using quick methods and known calculations.

The Intent

Mathematics is important in everyday life and, with this is mind, the purpose of Mathematics at SHH federation is to develop an ability to solve problems, to reason, to think logically and to work systematically and accurately. All children are challenged and encouraged to excel in Maths. New mathematical concepts are introduced using a ‘Concrete, Pictorial and Abstract’ approach; enabling all children to experience hands-on learning when discovering new mathematical topics, and allows them to have clear models and images to aid their understanding. Arithmetic and basic maths skills are practised daily to ensure key mathematical concepts are embedded and children can recall this information to see the links between topics in Maths.

The Implementation

Our maths curriculum is taught through real life contexts to hook the children’s interest in daily events that require mathematical thinking.

  • The NCETM Mastering Number Programme is used from Reception to Year 2 so that pupils develop fluency in calculations and understanding of number concepts.
  • Power Maths resources across years 1-6 progressively structure learning so that pupils make good progress with their understanding.
  • Third Space National Tuition Programmes and PiXL resources are used to assist in catch-up. Interventions are led by teachers and HLTAs to support the mastery of number and mathematical thinking.
  • We have high expectations of our pupils to develop rapid recall and written strategies for problem solving with the confidence to use mathematical jottings.
  • We plan to ensure that children develop the skills to:
  • Work systematically
  • Develop problem solving and reasoning skills
  • Use trial and error as a strategy
  • Visualise
  • Spot patterns and explain them

Our school values develop the growth mind-set attitudes and behaviours to solve problems be it mathematical or otherwise. Through collaboration and creative problem solving, being responsible for learning number facts and calculation strategies, children learn to have- a-go and try again.

Early Years Maths

Early learning in maths involves lots of mathematical play. Counting, matching, sequencing and looking for patterns in real objects and the environment helps children develop their mathematical vocabulary.  mental models & images of how number & shape & space work.

Our calculation policy demonstrates a clear progression from these early experiences through to expanded & eventually shorter, more efficient methods of calculation.

Home learning support

Every child from Year 2 to Year 6 Times Table Rockstars account. Children have access to Google Classroom where work is shared and set to consolidate the maths learning.

The Impact

As a result of the maths teaching at SHH, you will see:

  • Engaged children who are all challenged.
  • Confident children who can all talk about Maths and their learning and the links between Mathematical topics.
  • Lessons that use a variety of resources to support learning.
  • Different representations of mathematical concepts.
  • Basic maths taught consistently in reception, and KS1.
  • Learning that is tracked and monitored to ensure all children make good progress.
  • Use of Gap analysis to ensure all children make progress

At SHH, we expect all our children to leave school feeling confident about maths and prepared for the next stage of their learning journey.

Calculation Policies