Mr Brady is the maths lead at Hogarth Primary School. If you have any ideas or queries relating to this area of the curriculum, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
At Hogarth, we want to create confident mathematicians who have a secure understanding of mathematical concepts to enable fluency, reasoning and problem solving in a variety of theoretical and real life contexts. Using and applying these skills creatively inside and outside the classroom.
The National Curriculum for Mathematics (2014) is the basis of all our maths learning. Alongside this, we use various schemes of work, with White Rose Maths as our basis. This enables the teacher to carefully plan work that best suits the individuals within their class. We also have a 3 week rolling programme for mathematics. This is taught on a daily basis and allows the children to frequently re-visit the various mathematical concepts that are covered in each year group.
Quality first teaching is at the heart of all our maths lessons, to ensure that all children make progress. We teach using a Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract approach so that learning is made real for all pupils and through the use of manipulatives as a scaffold for learning, children have a hook for their understanding
Differentiation is through depth rather than through acceleration of learning. We want our pupils to feel secure in ‘having a go’. Learners are often sat in mixed ability seating and are supported by the class teacher and learning support assistant as appropriate. The children are encouraged to discuss and share their mathematical understanding, using STEM sentences and appropriate mathematical vocabulary. In Year One, the teacher may focus on using and applying one STEM sentence per week so that by the time the children go into Year Six they are able to use a range of sentences to speak and think mathematically.
The children will be confident mathematicians who will gain the skills and mathematical understanding that they need, not only for their schooling, but more importantly for their life. They will be resilient learners and be able to apply their mathematical skills in different contexts, as logical thinkers and problem-solvers. They will understand the pedagogy behind mathematical concepts, select the most effective strategies and be able to explain why they are using a particular method. Furthermore, they will be excited by maths and have enquiring minds, ready to take on new challenges.
We have recently introduced this exciting resource to support us with our times tables and it has generated lots of excitement (particularly amongst competitive teachers!). Children from Years 2 to 6 are expected to log in and play for at least an hour per week. The class with the highest participation percentage wins a weekly certificate. Each term, we hold a 'Battle of the Bands' competition! The top 3 classes and top child in each class are rewarded in celebration assembly. These results can be seen below!
Battle of the Bands: 26/01/22 - 09/02/22
1st - 4H
2nd - 3R
3rd - 2R
2H - Alice S
2R - Sophie K
3H - Narmile S
3R - Antonie B
4H - Shivansh P
4R - Toby S
5H - Alexander P
6H - Maxwell P
We also have a weekly times table competition. The children have the opportunity to collect their bronze, silver and gold certificates, a 100% badge and finally an experts, experts medal as they work through to more challenging multiplications and related facts.
Maths is an engaging and creative subject. Teachers apply mathematical concepts to their topic work to make it relevant for the children and mathematics is regularly taught through Forest School.
We also enjoy a range of mathematical theme days and events. Most recently, the children are taking part in Barvember.