When your child first starts at Hillborough Infant and Nursery school, mathematics is taught through a variety of practical activities and through real life problems. They start to represent their maths using pictures and numbers, and begin to understand how they have worked something out. As pupil’s move through to KS1, pupils continue to use a range of apparatus and build up a bank of calculation strategies, which they can then use to apply to solve calculations and problems. Throughout the school there is a focus on the importance of recalling calculation facts. Pupils are given regular opportunities to develop and use these skills in and out of context. Pupils are encouraged to develop fluency and accuracy in using their number facts such as number bonds to 10 and 20. As the children progress through the school they are taught a range of written methods to support their calculations and gradually become able to select the most appropriate efficient method for their calculation.
Mathematical vocabulary is developed through a range of tasks including partner and group activities focused on number, shape and measure. Developing language and reasoning is embedded throughout our mathematical curriculum and this allows for pupils to demonstrate their depth of knowledge.
Mathematical links are made with our termly topics, for example, measuring the height of the runner bean plants which the pupils had grown in their class investigation. Pupils gain a good understanding of money through our termly enterprise projects when pupils are responsible for their own year group accounts. They learn how a business can make a profit but also a loss! An example of this would be our Key Stage One trash to treasure sale, where pupils sold their own upcycled creations to raise money for their year group account. The pupils enjoyed handling money and giving change in a real life situation. Last term, pupils have participated in raising money for different charities and have gained an understanding of the value of money when we have discussed what could and could be bought with the money raised.
Maths is assessed on a day to day basis through teacher’s observations and pupil work outcomes. Formal assessments take place at the end of each term within each year group along with statutory assessments.