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Mathematics

Maths Lead:  Mrs Carly Gear

At Hillcroft, we intend for all children to become secure and embed the basics of maths before moving on in their learning journey. By thoroughly understanding the underlying structure of number and making links, children can be confident to explain and apply their knowledge to a wide range of complex and challenging problems. The use of carefully chosen manipulatives supports children in their learning and exposes the underlying structure of number which enables a deep and embedded understanding. Children at Hillcroft will have opportunities to explore mathematics and deepen their understanding across subjects but particularly in Science and Computing. They will develop the skills to persevere at a problem, find creative solutions and be able to justify their thoughts with sophistication and confidence.

Hillcroft has started its journey to teaching Maths using a Mastery approach. This emphasizes the importance of children gaining a deep and secure understanding of a concept or procedure before moving on. Maths lessons apply a Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract methodology in which Mathematical concepts and procedures are taught through the use of physical objects and pictorial representations,  alongside abstract equations. To develop our children’s thinking and reasoning skills, a discursive approach is strongly encouraged with the emphasis placed on the importance of children explaining their ideas and observations. Problem solving and reasoning activities are a key part of every lesson and children are always supported by a wide range of resources. 

Learning Links

Please follow the links to explore some of the excellent ways your child can be supported in developing their mathematical understanding.

Times Tables Rock Stars:  https://ttrockstars.com/

All pupils at Hillcroft have their own TT Rock Stars log-in which they can also access at home.  The website allows children to practice their times tables and play against other children.

BBC Bitesize:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/maths/

The BBC website covers all areas of maths using a mixture of quizzes, games and information pages.

Top Marks Maths Games:  http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games

This site has some fun and interactive games to practice times tables. 'Hit the Button' is a favourite.

Maths Zone:  http://mathszone.co.uk/

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