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Secondary Maths

“There should be no such thing as boring mathematics.”

Edsger Dijkstra



Mathematics Curriculum Map


At Hollinwood Academy, we teach maths creatively, incorporating the use of concrete manipulatives to help our young people understand abstract concepts and apply them to their learning.

It is our aim across the Secondary phase to expertly match the National Curriculum with individual need, rather than teaching from a specific year group.

Through a combination of innovative teaching tools, carefully tailored interventions and the use of ‘real world’ applications, we aim for our young people to achieve the highest level of functional maths that matches their ability.

At every stage, we want to raise the confidence of our learners.


Innovative Teaching Tools – We use sensory play as an effective tool in teaching mathematics, both at introductory level and for the consolidation of skills and learning.


Carefully Tailored Interventions – Our highly skilled and experienced staff teams offer carefully tailored interventions for our young people, helping them to understand abstract concepts and explore how to apply new skills to their learning.


‘Real World’ Applications – We aim to give our children mathematics skills that they can use in their everyday lives, whilst at Hollinwood, and when they leave. We regularly help them apply their newly learned skills in ‘real world’ scenarios.


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 Secondary 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.


Scheme 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:

White Rose Maths



Communication Group

In our Communication groups, basic maths skills are taught through Attention Autism sessions.


Medium Term/ Long Term Plans

The lessons are structured and repetitive, building on our learners’ basic skills, application and understanding, as well as any personal targets.

We follow Medium Term and Long Term plans, which can be viewed in detail here:



Throughout secondary we use end of block assessments to measure progress from the White Rose schemes of work.

These are formulated from the national curriculum.

Children who are working below National Curriculum are assessed using pre-key stage standards and children who are working below Pre-key stage are assessed using the Engagement model of learning.



To support our learners, we use a range of apps and technology, such as:

TT Rock Stars 
BBC Bitesize 



Hollinwood Academy
Roman Road

School Hours

Mon – Fri:
08:45 – 15:00

Breakfast Club runs Mon – Fri:
08:00 – 08:45

After School Clubs run Mon – Thurs:
15:00 – 16:45

Compulsory TIme Open: 31.25 hours

Weekends: Closed

Phone & Email

0161 883 2404