Red Hall Primary

Red Hall

Primary School

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Maths at Red Hall

Without mathematics, there’s nothing you can do. Everything around you is mathematics, Everything around you is numbers. ~ Shakuntala Devi

What is the intent of our Maths curriculum?

At Red Hall we aim to teach our children how to make sense of the world around them by developing their ability to calculate, reason and solve problems within Mathematics. We want our children to recognise and understand relationships and patterns in numbers in the world around them.  We expect Mathematics to be utilised as a tool beyond the daily Mathematics lessons and beyond the classroom. After all, Maths is an essential skill for independence and making sense of the world around us. This can be in a number of ways, such as working out how much money is needed to make a purchase, or how to weigh the ingredients of a new recipe, or understanding time to ensure we can read public transport timetables and be punctual. Reasoning and problem solving skills developed enable us to solve a variety of problems, beyond the subject.

How do we implement our Maths curriculum?

We introduce concepts to our pupils through using a concrete, pictoral, abstract approach.  We introduce children to concrete materials that irradiate mathematical structure, helping them to visualise the structure through images and drawings before progressing to recording the maths with abstract mathematical symbols. Vocabulary appropriate to concepts is introduced at the beginning of each lesson and is reviewed throughout, ensuring that new vocabulary is embedded within each lesson, with explicit links being made to previous vocabulary to develop a deeper understanding. We want our children to know more and remember more, through teaching key concepts and providing opportunities to revisit learning. One way we ensure we do this is through our Maths Wizard, which is a mental and oral starter that you will see at the beginning of every lesson across our school.

What is the impact of our Maths curriculum?

Investigative tasks are designed to allow pupils to follow lines of enquiry and develop their own ideas, justifying and proving their answers. Children work both collaboratively and independently solving problems, which require them to persevere and develop resilience. Resilience is a great focus in Maths and a quality we aim to instil in all of our pupils. Our staff use Growth Mindset language to develop resilience, encouraging children to enjoy seeking answers just as much as they enjoy finding them.

What experiences will the children receive in Maths?

At Red Hall, we provide memorable Maths lessons, using a range of manipulatives to help develop a deepened understanding of mathematical concepts and make connections to life beyond the classroom. Objects, pictures, words, numbers and symbols are everywhere; the approach to mathematics we use here at Red Hall incorporates all of these, in order to enrich the learning experience and help children to explore and demonstrate their mathematical understanding.

By the end of their time at Red Hall, what will all our children have taken from Maths?

The ability to be independent learners with inquisitive minds (which means that they are curious and keen to explore), with a secure mathematical foundation.  Children will be fluent in the fundamentals (necessary skills) of mathematics, with the ability to reason mathematically and solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication. They will have a good understanding of how Mathematics relates to real life situations: managing money, telling the time to name just a couple of examples. Children will be resilient, and know that it is OK to make mistakes, that we learn from mistakes, and we need to persevere with challenges we may face in later life.

Key Information for Parents & Carers: 

Times Tables Rock Stars

It is an expectation that children can recall all multiplication and division facts up to 12×12 by the end of Year 4. Recently, the Government introduced a Multiplication Check, which will assess the children’s ability to recall these facts at the end of this year group. Two years ago, we subscribed to TTRS (Times Tables Rock Stars) in the hope to develop rapid recall of multiplication and division facts. Teachers can set tables for particular individuals, meaning that the learning on this website is personal to them. Here are some comments from our children on TTRS:

  • It’s a good way to find out what you are capable of in Maths and it is good to challenge other people to become better at time tables. Nicky, Year 6
  • I enjoy it because it teaches me how to do my times tables and I like to beat my time when we do our checks. Ava-Mae, Year 4
  • TTRS has helped me with my 9 times table and 12 times table and I am getting better at these now. Annalise, Year 5
  • It has helped me, I have learnt my 7’s and I didn’t used to know them. I like to play on it at home. Daisy, Year 5 

Key Websites:

Below are a range of websites which you may access at home, so that you can help your child as much as you can:

Click download to view our Maths vision for Red Hall.