Harlands Primary School


Principles for Maths learning at Harlands

Maths is an essential part of everyday life, so at Harlands we foster a love of Maths and strive to enthuse and motivate our children to develop an enjoyment of the subject.

We believe that there is more to mathematics than just learning key skills and practising these in class – using and applying their knowledge must be at the heart of our curriculum.  Children are given many opportunities to work like mathematicians.  We aim to make maths fun and teach it in many practical ways, that allow the children to develop the number and problem solving skills that they can apply with confidence and independence within ‘real life’ situations.

Organisation of Maths learning

Maths at Harlands aims to ensure that all children:

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics
  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry
  • can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems

Maths is taught daily, supported by regular homework that builds on learning in class.

Skills Development in Maths

  • It is essential that children make connections with prior learning so they are better placed to apply that learning to the new situation. This skill will ensure children confidence in maths grows and when children feel confident in a subject they make progress.
  • Maths in Reception is spilt into two strands: number and shape, space and measure.
  • In Key Stage 1 we aim to ensure that children become increasingly fluent with whole numbers and the four operations, including number facts and the concept of place value – ensuring children develop efficient written and mental methods and perform calculations accurately with increasingly large whole numbers.  At this stage, children should develop their ability to solve a range of problems. Teaching should also ensure that children draw with increasing accuracy and develop mathematical reasoning so they can analyse shapes and their properties, and confidently describe the relationships between them.  It should ensure that they can use measuring instruments with accuracy and make connections between measure and number.
  • By the end of Year 4, children should have memorised their multiplication tables (up to and including the 12 multiplication table) and show increasing precision and fluency in their work.  Children should read and spell mathematical vocabulary correctly and confidently, using their growing word reading knowledge and their knowledge of spelling.
  • In Years 5 and 6, children develop their ability to solve a wider range of problems, including increasingly complex properties of numbers and arithmetic.

Assessing Maths Learning

  • Each child should be given every opportunity to improve and progress their knowledge, understanding and skills in all aspects of maths. They should know what they are able to do well and how they can improve their skills further.Through direction from adults working with the child, and discussions with their peers, we believe that every child will have the potential to do their best and show the progress expected of them.
  • Children will progressively learn their times tables (2, 5 and 10 by the end of Year 2) and all times tables by the end of Year 4.
  • We actively encourage self and peer assessment of work and understanding by children.
  • Ongoing marking and feedback from adults plays an important role in assessment:
  • Children actively seek marking and feedback on their work and enjoy receiving both positive feedback and specific areas to improve;
  • Marking often challenges children with personalised questions to move their learning on;
  • Some teacher marking provides children with examples of how to tackle questions;
  • Children acknowledge all feedback to enable an effective (and visible) dialogue with their teacher about learning and next steps; and
  • Children are able to explain how their work has improved over time.

Enrichment of Maths Learning

  • Children are encouraged to take part in the online Sumdog maths competitions throughout the year (https://www.sumdog.com/)
  • All children in Year 6 take part in the Primary Maths Challenge.
  • Children have been given the opportunity to represent their year group in our Maths Showcase events, where current methods are demonstrated to parents.
  • In addition, maths is a part of everyday life at Harlands and can be seen in Science, PE and Design Technology lessons across the school.

 Maths in Action

Having opportunities to work independently has helped me get better at maths.
Year 4 pupil
I really like the new arithmetic practice that we do because it gives me the chance to show just what I can really do!
Year 5 pupil
It’s nice when the teachers boost my confidence and tell me how well I’m doing.
Year 6 pupil    
We’ve learnt different methods to solve problems and this helps me in maths.
Year 6 pupil