At Seven Hills we promote enjoyment and enthusiasm for mathematics, encourage and build confidence and competence, and ensure children are prepared and understand the importance of mathematics in everyday life, helping them to make sense of the world around us.
Maths is taught through school in line with the National Curriculum. Through a variety of methods and resources we enable our children to calculate, reason and to solve problems. Seven Hills has tailored resources to challenge and deepen children’s understanding further, exposing the children to mathematical vocabulary, practising times tables- enabling their ability to recall facts and apply that knowledge rapidly and accurately, improving number confidence and teaching them important mental maths strategies. This is achieved through Calculation Cards, Counts Charts, Speed Tables and Arithmetic sessions which are completed on a weekly basis.
Mathematical learning at Seven Hills also gives children the opportunity to deepen their understanding and master key concepts. It enables children to understand and appreciate relationships and pattern in both number and space in their everyday lives. Throughout school children’s reasoning is modelled and encouraged by; following a line of enquiry, developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical vocabulary. This gives children the confidence to express their ideas fluently and talk about the subject using mathematical language.
During their time in the Foundation Stage, children will explore mathematics through play, songs and rhymes, investigative work, doing and observing. The children will start to build an understanding of numbers and shape and space. These newfound skills will help create a strong foundation which is vitally important as they progress through school.
In year 1, children will begin to have a more concrete understanding of numbers. They will progress from using pictures and jottings, will build on their confidence with Numicon, using this alongside other resources such as the number line to solve mathematical problems.
In year 2, children will be taught to solve number problems using the formal method. Years 3 and 4 will develop these skills further, progressing onto solving problems with three and four-digit numbers (and problems including decimals in year 4).
In years 5 and 6, children will be challenged further through more sophisticated problems, solving problems with more than four digits, decimals and fractions.
Our Calculation Policy which underpins the planning and practise, can be found on our school website under policies.