Mathematics is a creative and highly interconnected discipline, which has enabled us to answer fundamental questions and led to discoveries that have shaped the world in which we live. Today, it underpins developments in science, technology and engineering. A secure grasp of mathematics is essential for everyday life and crucial for a vast range of careers. At Horfield, we deliver an engaging and stimulating curriculum which equips children with key mathematical knowledge and skills, an ability to reason mathematically and an appreciation of the beauty of mathematics. We are committed to developing children’s confidence in mathematics, and instilling a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
The maths curriculum at Horfield reflects the aims of the National Curriculum 2014, which are to ensure that all pupils:
- become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics;
- can reason mathematically;
- can apply their mathematics to solve a variety of problems.
The EYFS framework and National Curriculum 2014 form the basis of our teaching of maths, reflecting the expectations for each year group. Yearly overviews are published on our website. We are adopting the Mastery Approach to teaching maths, inspired by Singapore and Shanghai, and advocated by the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics. This approach enables children to develop, over time, a deep, secure, long-term and adaptable understanding of the subject.
We place a strong emphasis on developing fluent (rapid and accurate) recall of key number facts (e.g. number bonds, times tables) through a variety of activities, including the use of practical equipment, visual images, songs and games, and we encourage parents to consolidate their child’s learning at home. Methods of calculation are taught through the use of practical apparatus and images, to develop children’s conceptual understanding; these methods are explained in the calculation policies on the school website. Every Monday morning, children throughout the school begin their day with Monday Morning Maths activities, enabling them to practise and consolidate their mental maths skills. In lower Key Stage 2, children work towards completing their Target Times Passports (testing their fluent recall of times tables and related division facts up to 12 x 12), and achieving their bronze, silver and gold badges.
Development of children’s reasoning and problem solving skills forms an integral part of maths teaching across all areas of the curriculum. To this end, children are regularly engaged in mathematical investigations and other rich tasks in which they can apply their own knowledge and understanding of maths. We provide many opportunities for children to work collaboratively with their peers, and all children are actively encouraged to explain their mathematical thinking to others. Activities are carefully planned to meet the needs of all children: appropriate support is provided where it is needed, and additional challenge is provided by exploring concepts in greater depth. Some children in Years 4, 5 and 6 have the opportunity to represent the school in local mathematical challenge events.
We regularly celebrate children’s progress in mathematics in our weekly achievement assemblies. We also recognise children’s achievements on Mathletics through the Mathlete of the Week award.
To further support maths learning in school and at home, we are continuing to subscribe to the online digital maths resource, Mathletics. Mathletics contains fun and engaging activities, suitable for all ages and abilities, which closely match the curriculum; it will help your child to consolidate their learning at home. Mathletics also adds a competitive dimension to learning, allowing students to play live mental arithmetic games against other students from around the world. It is available either through the Mathletics website (http://uk.mathletics.com/signin) or as a free downloadable app for tablets. Your child has access to Mathletics through a unique username and password, which your child should have brought home. We recommend that you spend time looking at Mathletics with your child so that you can understand how it will benefit their learning.
As a parent or carer, you can sign up to receive weekly email reports. These reports will provide you with details of your child’s progress and achievement. To register as a parent, you will need your child’s username and password:
- Visit www.mathletics.com/parent
- Complete the fields and click Submit
- Record your new username and password
To access the Parent Console:
- Visit www.mathletics.com
- Sign in using your own user details
If you experience difficulty in accessing Mathletics at home, please contact the school office. Alternatively, you can contact the Mathletics team directly on 0117 370 1990 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more detail on each year group's curriculum, please click on the relevant links below: