At High Hazels Academy, we follow a mastery approach to teaching maths. We believe our approach gives children the best chance of acquiring a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of mathematics. This evidence-based approach is underpinned by five key ideas: coherence, representation and structure, mathematical thinking, fluency and variation.
Coherence: lessons are taught in small steps enabling children to build on what they already know.
Representations and structure: children are shown different concrete and pictorial representations of new concepts which reveal the structure of the maths, enabling children to notice patterns and relationships.
Mathematical thinking: through discussion in the lesson and opportunities to reason, children are able to make sense of what they are learning and develop their ideas.
Fluency: children need rapid recall of facts as well as procedural fluency in order to apply their knowledge to a range of contexts.
Variation: though different representations and activities, children are able to deepen their conceptual understanding.
These five key ideas are evident in our teaching approach.
What does a week look like?
At High Hazels Academy, children have four hours of new learning in maths each week. As well as this, children have a weekly review lesson which gives them time to consolidate and review previous learning as well as build their fluency in key skills such as times tables and mental arithmetic.
What does a lesson look like?
Each lesson begins with a review of the key learning that children will need to be able to access the lesson. Children are then introduced to a new concept in small steps to ensure understanding. With each small step, children are given the opportunity to practise the skill bein,g taught with teacher guidance, so no one is left behind. Additionally, we use concrete and pictorial representations to help children to notice patterns and connections, deepening their understanding of mathematical ideas. At this stage, there is lots of talk and discussion which helps children to actively think about the new learning. Finally, when we are confident that children have understood the new learning, they are asked to complete independent work that challenges them through varied questions and problmem solving.
This approach is designed to give children a secure understanding of key concepts, laying the foundation for future learning in maths and STEM subjects. The time dedicated to reviewing key knowledge and basic skills improves children's fluency, freeing up cognitive resources for new learning and depth of understanding. Finally, the use of variation and problem solving creates resilient learners, unafraid of challenge.
Maths Home Learning
Year 1 and 2
In year 1 and 2, children are asked to practise their addition facts at home. Teachers will introduce the children to the addition facts they need to learn along with helpful strategies to remember them.
Year 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6
From year 2, learning times tables at home is a priority. If children do not have instant recall of multiplication and division facts, they will find many other areas of maths tricky. Children must practise the times tables set at least once a week, but we recommend children practise them for a short time each day using times table rock stars (TTRS). TTRS is a fun way to improve their times tables: children can compete against their friends, get a ‘rock status’, earn coins to spend on their avatar and play different kinds of games. It can be accessed online using the login details given by your child’s class teacher. If you have difficulty accessing TTRS online, please speak to your child’s teacher as they can be given paper copies to practice with instead.
In preparation for secondary school, children will be given extra maths homework on Hegarty Maths. Children are expected to watch videos online, which explain their homework, and then answer related questions. If they get stuck, there are additional video tutorials to help them, or the option to message their teacher. It is a great way to revise what they have been learning in class and work independently ready for Y7!
For each year group, there is a list of basic skills that children should be able to do by the end of the year. Children need to be fluent with these skills in order to progress easily with the maths curriculum. At High Hazels Academy, these are tracked using the Numeracy Passport below. Although these skills are taught and practised within the school week, parents and careers could help their children to practise these skills at home to help them make progress.
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If you would like your child to do additional homework, you will find resources on your child’s year group page.
Please click on progression sheet and calculation policy to view