“The essence of mathematics is not to make simple things complicated, but to make complicated things simple.”
Stan Gudder (Mathematician)
At Hollinwood Academy, we teach maths creatively, incorporating the use of concrete manipulatives to help children understand abstract concepts and apply them to their learning.
It is our aim across the Primary phase to expertly match the National Curriculum with individual need, rather than teaching from a specific year group.
Through a combination of teaching tools such as Sensory Play and the use of Every Day examples, we aim for our children to achieve the highest level of functional maths that matches their ability.
At every stage, we want to raise the confidence of our learners.
Sensory Play – We use sensory play as an effective tool in teaching mathematics, both at introductory level and for the consolidation of skills and learning.
PHOTO/ VIDEO OF SENSORY PLAY IN MATHS
Every Day Examples – We aim to give our children mathematics skills for life, and regularly help them apply their newly learned skills in ‘real world’ scenarios.
PHOTO/ VIDEO OF REAL-WORLD SCENARIO IN MATHS e.g. SHOP OR PUBLIC TRANSPORT
Confidence – We work with our children every day to build their confidence in maths, encouraging an atmosphere where we learn from our mistakes.
GRAPHIC OF MATH (Mistakes Allow Thinking to Happen)
Maths Lessons at Hollinwood Academy
Our Maths lessons are delivered daily, tailored to the needs of our learners.
Teaching is delivered by our highly skilled staff, using a blend of experience and knowledge, supported by the purposeful use of technology.
Our use of technology, right across the Primary stage in Maths, makes learning accessible for all, as iPads and other technology mean that all children can engage with their learning.
At Hollinwood Academy, we believe in the use of technology to remove barriers to learning.
PHOTO OF CLASS TEACHER NEXT TO PHOTO OF CHILD USING IPAD
Schemes of Work
Teachers follow the White Rose Schemes of work, with each class following blocks and topics of learning, differentiated accordingly.
You can learn more about the White Rose Scheme of work here:
LINK TO WHITE ROSE SCHEMES OF WORK
QUOTES FROM TEACHERS ABOUT WHITE ROSE
In our Communication groups, basic maths skills are taught through Attention Autism sessions.
PHOTO OF ATTENTION AUTISM SESSION
Medium Term/ Long Term Plans
The lessons are structured and repetitive, building on their basic skills, application and understanding, as well as any personal targets.
We follow Medium Term plans, which can be viewed in detail here:
LINK TO MTP and LTP
We assess the children and group them so they are accessing learning at an appropriate level.
In Maths we assess 2 main areas which are; Number and Geometry.
Statistics is assessed for children who are working at and above Level F (Year 2 National Expectations)
Our Assessment Tool is Dashboard, which breaks down learning into small, accessible and achievable steps. You can find out more about our Assessment Tools here:
LINK TO INFO ON DASHBOARD
To support our learners, we use a range of apps, such as:
LINKS TO APPS and/or WEBSITES