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Our Maths Rationale


If you look deeply enough into any problem, you will often see Maths, whether it be working out the change at a shop, or working out how long you've got before your favourite TV show. The use of numbers and sequences, shapes and graphs are commonplace in today's society. We use Maths daily and as a result, we believe that the children should be exposed to the skills they will need in later life. A sound understanding of mathematical concepts will ensure that our children feel comfortable and confident when the time comes for them to head out into our community. We hope to break the 'fear factor' surrounding Maths and show the children that it can be creative, relevant and fun! 



How do we teach Maths at Abbotswood? 


At Abbotswood we teach challenging and engaging Maths lessons every day across the school. We ensure challenge for all children through our 'Try it, Use it, Prove it' teaching sequence. 


'Try it' tasks aim to improve the children's fluency of the skill. Fluency refers to knowing key mathematical facts and methods and recalling these efficiently. 'Use it' tasks are usually in context ( and measures) and challenge the children to draw on the skills they have achieved in the 'Try it' tasks. 'Prove it' tasks require the children to explain their understanding demonstrating a developed and broad mathematical understanding. 


To ensure all children start at the correct point of the unit and move through the unit at a pace that is suitable for their needs, we complete 'hot and cold' tasks. The 'cold' task is completed at the start of the unit and the teacher uses the information to determine the correct starting point for that child. The 'hot' task is then completed at the end of the unit to assess the progress and identify children who need additional support. 

Abbotswood Calculation Policy

Examples of our teaching sequence

Our Maths working walls

In every classroom we have a Maths working wall. These are used to display the learning for the unit and help children to independently access the learning.


Regular skills practise 


Across the school, outside of Maths lessons, the children are given the opportunity to practise a wide range of mathematical skills through regular taught sessions. 


In Year 1, the children are tested on their number bonds as these form the foundations of their future Maths learning. From Year 2 to 4, we regularly practise our times tables and the children are tested every week. Throughout Key Stage 2, the children have daily Mini Maths sessions. These sessions are designed to expose the children to the expectations needed for the end of Key Stage 2. 



Another teaching tool we use is Times Tables Rockstars. The children are able to practice their times tables through fun, interactive activities. 


How do we assess Maths at Abbotswood?


We assess Maths on a daily basis, through our cold and hot tasks and the teacher's marking during and after the lessons. Every single lesson has been specifically planned to meet an Age Related Expectation (please see examples below) which meets the needs of every child throughout the school


Maths is assessed using the school’s ‘Age Related Expectations’ (AREs) 6 times a year. From this, we can see any gaps in progress and we can prioritise support for individuals for the following term. 


Children are assessed at the end of Years 2 and 6 for the end of Key Stage Statutory Assessments (SATs).