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Maths at Pirton Hill

Our aim at Pirton Hill, is for every child to leave Year 6 as confident Mathematicians, able to understand numbers, calculate fluently and apply these skills in a wide variety of different situations. We strive to achieve this through a broad and balanced Maths Curriculum which meets the requirements of the 2014 National Curriculum for Maths.

 

Learning Sequence

At Priton Hill, we believe that children not only need to learn a wide range of Maths skills, they also need to master these skills. In order to achieve this, skills are taught in a three step approach where the children experience Maths practically before moving to pictorial and written formats.

 

For example: Jack has 3 cars and Sam has 1 car. How many cars do they have altogether?

 

Concrete

Pictorial

Abstract

Using real objects.

 

Using pictures and visual representations.

 

Using numbers and symbols.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​        ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​           ​​​​​​​ 3 + 1 = 

 

The delivery of Maths at Pirton Hill is supported by the use of Busy Ants, a maths scheme built around the need for children to master skills and knowledge. It has been written with 5 key principles in mind to ensure all children have access to high quality teaching and learning. These principles are:

  1. Teachers reinforce an expectation that all pupils are capable of achieving high standards in Maths.
  2. The large majority of pupils progress through the curriculum content at the same pace. Differentiation is achieved by emphasising deep knowledge and through individual support and intervention.
  3. Teaching is underpinned by methodical curriculum design and supported by carefully crafted lessons and resources to foster deep conceptual and procedural knowledge.
  4. Practice and consolidation play a central role. Carefully designed variation within this builds fluency and understanding of underlying mathematical concepts in tandem.
  5. Teachers use precise questioning in class to test conceptual and procedural knowledge, and assess pupils regularly to identify those requiring intervention so that all pupils keep up.

 

These are principles by which we plan our sequences of lessons, keeping at the core the idea that all children are capable of achieving if the right doors are opened.

 

The Busy Ants scheme of work is split into twelve units across the year, each with a high emphasis on the teaching and learning of number, forming the basis for all other areas of Maths.

Pirton Hill Maths Stars 

At Pirton Hill, we place a high emphasis on the importance of children having rapid recall of key Maths facts, such as times tables and number bonds. Knowing these facts off by heart frees up the children’s minds to concentrate on the more difficult concepts of reasoning and problem solving.

 

The learning of key Maths facts is supported by Maths Stars. The programme has been specifically written for the children of Pirton Hill to help them to improve their mental maths skills in a challenging but fun environment. 

 

There are 14 levels for the children to work through and they receive a badge and certificate in assembly each time they pass a level. Each Friday, every child takes a 10 minute Maths Stars test at the correct level for them. Once they have passed the test three weeks in a row they will have completed the level. After they have completed the test, the children take their tests home so that they can celebrate their successes and practise questions they found tricky ready for the next test.

Friday 15th December: The festive spirit continues, don`t forget to wear you Christmas jumper and the kitchen staff are working really hard to prepare Christmas lunch.

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Pirton Hill Primary is a `Good` school with `Outstanding` behaviour (OfSTED 2015). On behalf of all the staff, governors and children, welcome to our website which will give you a flavour of our school.

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