At Hillside we are passionate about developing numerate children who have a love and understanding of maths. As a school we encourage a relentless pursuit of mathematical understanding and skill in order to help our pupils to become inquisitive and confident mathematicians.
Early Years - In EYFS pupils should be developing their concept of the number system through the use of concrete materials and pictorial representations. They should experience practical calculation using a wide variety of equipment, e.g. small world play, role play, counters, cubes, ways of recording calculations using pictures, etc. We use Numicon to help develop a deep understanding of the number system. Our Nursery and Reception classes use a long term plan based on the White Rose Reception Scheme of Learning.
KS1 and 2 - From Year 1 - 6 we use Maths No Problem (MNP) supplemented with White Rose and teacher designed resources. This scheme uses the Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract approach to encourage children to think mathematically, building in lots of opportunities for mathematical discussion and encouraging the use of manipulatives. Teachers have the flexibility to adapt the ideas in MNP and some lessons will be designed from scratch if teachers feel there is a more effective approach to teaching a concept. Our learning for each half term has been put into a 6 week framework to show the flow of learning and teachers have considered carefully the best time to teach each concept.