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Havelock Street, Desborough
Northamptonshire, NN14 2LU

At Havelock Schools mathematics is taught daily to ensure that all children meet the aims of the national curriculum in terms of fluency, reasoning and problem solving. We want them to:

  • acquire the appropriate knowledge, skills and understanding.
  • be able to apply their knowledge to everyday situations.
  • develop the ability to work both independently and co-operatively.
  • gain a positive attitude towards mathematics with an enjoyment of the subject.

The schools follow the White Rose scheme for mathematics. This scheme is designed to support a mastery approach to teaching and learning and has been designed to support the aims and objectives of the new National Curriculum. When introduced to a new concept, children explore this concept through a concrete, pictorial and then abstract approach.

In order to support our teaching of mathematics in Key Stage One, we use Numicon to introduce many mathematical concepts. Numicon shapes enable children to learn by doing, learn by seeing and to exploit a strong sense of pattern in number. By using Numicon shapes children are able to see connections between numbers through manipulation. This reinforces that numbers are part of a highly organised system which is full of many different patterns.

In the Early Years Foundation Stage children are introduced to the shapes of the Numicon tiles through play and structured learning activities. They learn to match them to the numeral that represents that number and how different tiles fit together to make new totals which is the early stages of addition and subtraction.

As the children continue to develop their mathematical understanding, we introduce a variety of additional resources to help the children explore number bonds, odds and evens and make links between the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division).

When the children become confident using practical resources to aid their calculations and mathematical understanding, they are encouraged to use jottings based on the Numicon shapes to help with written methods. Examples of these can be found in the learning at home section. Other written methods are also used to support mathematical understanding including number lines and partitioning.

As part of our mathematics work, children continue to work with 2D and 3D shapes, investigating their various properties and representations. They also explore direction and movement, moving on to co-ordinates and angles.

Measures such as length, capacity and mass are also an important part of mathematics. This begins with measuring using different units, and then moving on to the more formal use of standard units and reading scales with different divisions. We also spend time learning about the different ways we can collect and handle data and present it as information in charts and tables.

All of these aspects of mathematics are underpinned with problem solving, reasoning and mathematical investigations which are an integral part of daily mathematics lessons.

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