Here at Hartpury we believe mathematics equips pupils with a uniquely powerful set of tools to understand and change the world. These tools include logical reasoning, problem solving skills and the ability to think in abstract ways.
Mathematics is important in everyday life. It is integral to all aspects of life and with this in mind we endeavour to ensure that children develop a positive and enthusiastic attitude towards mathematics that will stay with them.
The foundations of mathematics are being able to calculate using the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division). We have adopted the calculation policy of Pearson Abacus to teach these methods, which is available here:
Reception Maths Guidance (1.2 MB DOC)
We subscribe to two maths website, ActiveLearn and Sumdog which children may access at any time to play maths games. Every children has a login for these websites (please ask class teachers if a reminder is needed!).
Activelearn works best on computers or laptops but can be used on tablets. Please note that, if using an iPad, it must be accessed through the ‘Puffin Academy’ app available in the app store. Teachers have made a range of learning activities based on times table knowledge available and may also add other links to aspects of the maths curriculum they are currently studying.
Sumdog is a fantastic mathematical games environment which gets the children very excited! Through our subscription we are able to manage and assess the maths skills children practice whilst they enjoy playing a wide range of fun games. There are also regular national and county competitions which we enter – we have been previous winners of the Gloucestershire competition!
Week of Inspirational Maths
Each year, we kick-off our mathematical journey by taking part in the YouCubed Week of Inspirational Maths. Based on the research and work of Jo Boaler, a world leader in developing a growth mindset in maths, the children learn important messages about how they can all succeed in maths by listening to each others’ ideas, making mistakes and using equipment and images to model their thinking. Take a look at this poster from YouCubed for more information: