Maths

Statement of Intent

At Heddington, children are inspired to love mathematics. They learn to appreciate mathematics as a language to express physical phenomena and are taught how to use it as a tool to solve problems. Each child’s growing arithmetic fluency will help them to understand increasingly complex concepts as they progress through the school. Frequent group work enables children to communicate about mathematics using accurate vocabulary and coherent reasoning, while personally targeted activities help children work independently with growing confidence. We aim for children to leave Heddington with a deep-rooted love of mathematics, a mastery of the subject and the skill to apply their learning to the wider world.

What do we want Children to Gain from Maths?

We want children to:

  • Develop their sense of number and mathematical fluency in order to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately;
  • Be able to reason mathematically by recognising relationships, developing arguments and developing proofs, all using appropriate mathematical language;
  • Solve both routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication;
  • Understand and appreciate mathematics as a language to communicate with and a tool to problem solve.

How we Assess Impact

As well as the ongoing formative assessment that teachers use during every lesson to best meet the needs of each individual in their class, children are also formally assessed at the end of each unit and at the end of each term. The end-of-unit assessments help teachers to identify any areas in which may require more attention before moving on, while the end-of-term assessment results are recorded and shared with the Headteacher to monitor each child's long-term progress and show their attainment in relation to age-related expectations. These data may be used to identify children requiring additional support, as well as those who could be stretched to achieve more.

Children's progress is shared at parents' evenings and throughout the year, and in their end of year reports.

Our maths co-ordinator is Mr Jones.