At Ham Dingle Primary School our maths leader works closely with our local maths hub and the school is currently participating in the two-year Mastery Maths readiness programme. Our aim is to deepen children's understanding of maths and not accelerate learning; as a result, our children develop fluency before moving onto reasoning and problem solving. Our teaching is richly supported by the use of pictorial and concrete resources, before exploring more abstract concepts.

We celebrate the microscopic gains pupils make in maths and, therefore believe offering opportunities for all pupils to deliberately practise their fluency is vitally important and this is a key feature of our lessons.

Throughout each year, children will cover and build on their understanding in:

Knowing and using numbers

Using fractions

Using measures

Addition and subtraction

Understanding the properties of shape

Using statistics

Multiplication and division

Describing position, direction and movement

Using algebra

Once they have a firm grasp of each mathematical technique, we challenge our pupils to use what they have learnt and to make rich connections across the distinct areas in order to solve problems. We believe it is important for children to be able not only to find the answers to problems but also to be able to explain the reasoning behind their lines of enquiry using accurate mathematical vocabulary.

In order to ensure all Ham Dingle pupils, become confident mathematicians, our pupils learn the following essential characteristics of mathematics:

  • An understanding of the important concepts and an ability to make connections within mathematics;
  • A broad range of skills in using and applying mathematics;
  • Fluent knowledge and recall of number facts and the number system;
  • Strand stickability – essential core mathematical knowledge;
  • The ability to show initiative in solving problems in a wide range of contexts, including the new or unusual;
  • Fluency in performing written and mental calculations and mathematical techniques;
  • A wide range of mathematical vocabulary.

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