Part of the Glyn Academies Trust


Maths Lead: Mrs Carly Gear


For all of our pupils to experience deep, sustained understanding so that they become happy and confident mathematicians, throughout their learning and into their adult life.

At Hillcroft, we teach maths using a mastery approach; this sparks curiosity and excitement and helps nurture children’s confidence in maths.

Our aim is that all pupils:

  • Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics so that they develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
  • Can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems with increasing sophistication, including in unfamiliar contexts and to model real-life scenarios.
  • Can reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry and develop and present a justification,

Our pupils will:

  • be competent and confident in taking risks to apply mathematical knowledge, concepts and skills.
  • be able to solve problems, reason mathematically and think logically and systematically.
  • be able to work independently and in cooperation with others.
  • be able to use and apply mathematics across the curriculum, and to understand the application of mathematics in real life contexts and scenarios.

As part of every day practise we deliver daily number facts sessions in KS1 using Number Sense and daily Times Table practice in KS2. We use NumBots and Times Tables Rockstars across the school as we believe that it is important that all children become fluent and have a rapid recall of number and times table facts.

Daily maths lesson

In the daily maths lesson the whole class moves through content at broadly the same pace. Each area of maths is studied in depth and the teacher does not move to the next stage until all children demonstrate they have a secure understanding of mathematical concepts.

Pupils are given time to think deeply about the maths and really understand the concepts at a relational level rather than as a set of rules or procedures. This slower pace leads to greater progress because it ensures that pupils are secure in their understanding and teachers don’t need to revisit topics once they’ve been covered in depth.

Teaching maths for mastery ensured all pupils access the full maths curriculum. This inclusive approach and its emphasis on promoting multiple methods of solving a problems, builds self-confidence and resilience in pupils.

Though the whole class goes through the same content at the same pace, there is still plenty of opportunity for differentiation. Unlike the old model, where advanced learners are accelerated through new content, those pupils who grasp concepts quickly are challenged with rich and sophisticated problems within the topic. Those children who are not sufficiently fluent are provided with additional support to consolidate their learning before moving on.

Together Stronger

As part of the group of Chalklands schools, Maths Leads meet regularly to plan, share ideas and collaborate on projects together which will benefit all our pupils. We are all passionate about maths and ensuring that the children in our schools get the very best. We even enjoy a friendly Times Table Rockstars Battle across the four schools!

Further information on how to support your child and the philosophy behind our maths teaching can be found at the following websites:





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