Our high-quality teaching of Mathematics at Holne Chase embraces the Trust’s philosophy of Fun, Creativity and Achievement through interactive, pacy lessons with highly focused, responsive teacher assessment to ensure a personalised learning journey for all. Through our daily Maths teaching, we endeavour to ensure that all children are enabled to become confident mathematicians with the necessary skills to tackle Maths in daily life. Each child is challenged and engaged in their learning, to help fulfil their potential, and encourage their passion for the mathematics discipline and problem solving.
Our aim is that all children enjoy and feel confident in Mathematics and develop the skills to continue to progress well in secondary and beyond.
Maths is taught daily and follows a consistent approach from Early Years to Year Six.
In Early Years, Maths sessions will have a mental starter, which is followed by teacher input to the class. The children then complete a Maths focused task in the environment or work with their teacher on an independent activity related to their learning. Maths is not just evident in our lessons, you will find it everywhere! For example, you will find tills, coins, numbers in the construction area, tape measures, a variety of shapes and even a number shed to keep our children entertained and learning.
As we move into Year 1, our lessons have a consistent structure to support our children’s learning. Each lesson starts with a mental objective linked to the National Curriculum that is taught interactively through whiteboard work and mental calculations. Each lesson also has a main objective and a challenge objective linked to this which are taken from the different strands of the Maths curriculum.
We believe in a consistent approach to Maths across the school to ensure core teaching features are visible from Early Years to Year Six.
All of our lessons are taught with ongoing assessment in mind, allowing teachers to personalise the learning journey for individuals enabling children to make outstanding progress against their individual starting points. Lessons promote high levels of engagement through focussed questioning, paired talk and a pacey delivery. This means children are able to take an active role in their learning.
Year Two – Year Six have weekly arithmetic sessions building on their knowledge of the four core operations as well as operations with fractions. This is taught progressively using the schools Calculation Policy to allow each year group to scaffold learning from previous years. The children also develop their reasoning and problem-solving skills in all areas of the Maths curriculum where they are encouraged to explain, justify and prove by showing their understanding of mathematical concepts.
Our approach leads to confident, well-rounded mathematicians, who enjoy learning and consistently perform well beyond age expectations to meet the highest standards. At the end of Key Stage Two our children leave Holne Chase achieving Maths results above a National standard.