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Numeracy at Red Hill

Purpose of study:

Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.

Our subject leaders for Mathematics are:

Ms L Rivett (KS1) , Mr J Looker (Lead)

Our essential learning objectives for Mathematics at Red Hill Primary school are to enable children:

  • To know and use numbers.
  • To be able to add, subtract, multiply and divide.
  • To be able to use fractions.
  • To understand the properties of shapes.
  • To be able to describe position, direction and movement.
  • To be able to use measures.
  • To be able to use statistics.
  • To be able to use algebra.

Maths is taught every day at Red Hill.  We usually teach three days of number related objectives, followed by a day on Geometry or Statistics and a day on open- ended problem solving.  Within the three days of number we focus heavily on word problems in the final part of the lesson to ensure children can apply their number knowledge successfully.

Maths Passport

An important part of our maths curriculum at Red Hill are the Maths Passports.

We introduced them last year. Children, staff and parents are very enthusiastic about them

The Passports are designed to help:

  • improve children’s mental maths skills and develop their confidence working quickly and accurately in their heads.

We have already seen, in less than a year, an improvement in children’s confidence and mental maths skills.

The Passports are sequential and begin in Reception ensuring children are recognising and using numbers to 10 confidently and accurately. The children progress at a rate that is right for them.

Passport targets are practised regularly as a part of maths lessons but children will only get a tick in their passport if their teacher or teaching assistant tests them and they are able to answer the target questions confidently and at speed. Children have to prove, usually three times over a space of at least 3 weeks, that they can meet the target

When they have completed a passport they receive a certificate in assembly then move onto their new passport.