At HLC, mathematics is taught in a creative way, where children are encouraged to develop their own reasoning and justifications for the mathematics that they are using. Mathematics is taught in practical and contextual ways from Early Years through to Year 6 so that children have a real purpose for the learning that takes place. We aim for children to become fluent in the skills of mathematics by practicing problems over time, both in and outside of the classroom environment.
Maths lessons at HLC allow the pupils to confidently tackle tasks and puzzles. We strongly believe that maths isn’t just ‘a set of numbers’, it is ‘a way of thinking and a set of connected ideas’ that can be applied to solve real life puzzles and scenarios.
Our curriculum for all classes from Year 1 to Year 6 is as follows…
- Number and place value
- Addition and subtraction
- Multiplication and division
- Fractions (Year 4 also includes decimals, Year 5 and 6 also includes percentages)
- Geometry – properties of shape
- Geometry – position and direction
- Statistics (Not in the year 1 curriculum)
At HLC, maths is a very positive subject for our children, when we survey children about what they enjoy in school, maths is always in the list! The children particularly enjoy playing on “Times Tables Rockstars” (TT Rockstars). This is a great website where all pupils can practise their multiplication and division facts in a fun, interactive and competitive way. To view the website, click on the link: https://ttrockstars.com/
Our Calculation policy documents have examples of the strategies we teach in school so can be a useful reminder if you are helping your child at home.
In all year groups, we teach a variety of arithmetic skills through our maths lessons. These can be a whole lesson focusing on a taught skill or a mental starter to refresh and practise knowledge and skills. Arithmetic covers number facts and properties, calculation methods (with all four operations) and fractions.
Children in Year 2 and Year 6 take part in statutory assessments (SATs) for Mathematics at the end of the year; these results are reported to the government and are available on our results page. There is also a new government test being introduced to the Mathematics curriculum – Year 4 children will be sitting a times tables test in the summer term. This test is starting in summer 2019.