Maths is a very exciting and well-rounded subject at Redhill. We cover the curriculum by using a range of approaches to engage all types of learners.
Beginning with FAST Maths and Tackling Tables to practise times tables using computers and card games, children learn to complete their tables rapidly. In Key Stage One, FAST Learning includes number formation and spellings of numbers.
Maths lessons are planned so that children get access to the curriculum using concrete resources and pictorial representations whilst being exposed to quality first teaching. Learners are taught a basic skill, one small step at a time, and then apply this in order to solve problems and reason.
Maths meetings are a brilliant way for teachers to revisit many skills in a short space of time in order to embed previous learning. The use of less formal techniques such as whiteboards leads to non-threatening format of Maths that all learners can access.
Finally, Arithmetic lessons are taught once a week in Key Stage 2 to cover skills that had been identified as gaps in learning following assessments.
What does maths look like?
The overarching intent of Maths runs whole-school at Redhill but teachers are encouraged to manipulate some aspects of how they deliver maths in order to personalise learning for their class.
All year groups, in some way, deliver the following aspects of Mathematics:
FAST Maths – Year 1 use this time to practise number formation whilst the rest of the school practise number bonds or times tables. The children are provided with the answers as the focus is on accuracy – learning correctly the first time.
Maths Meetings – These short, skills based lessons offer an opportunity for learners to showcase their knowledge of a range of skills without the pressures of formal written lessons. Teachers aim to cover several areas of the curriculum such as ‘Calendar maths’, Place Value, 4 operations and geometry.
Tackling Tables – KS1 practise number bonds to 10 and 20. KS2 use Tackling Tables card games to practise times tables with their partners. They can then put their knowledge to the test by completing weekly online tests. By the end of Year 4, it is expected that all children will know their times tables up to 12 x 12.
Maths lessons – Maths lessons are fast paced with lots of elements to engage different learning styles. Children are given the opportunity to practise the skill before applying it to problem solving scenarios. Live marking is in our policy which means that staff in the room aim to support every child throughout the lesson as and when they require it.
Arithmetic – In KS2, every teacher delivers a 30 minute, weekly, arithmetic lesson which consists of either skills that need revisiting from previous years or further practise of number based skills from their current year’s curriculum