Maths is essential for everyday life. At Hampton Infant School we are passionate about our pupils having a sound foundation in the fundamentals of mathematics and aim to nurture a positive attitude and curiosity about the subject through developing problem solving and reasoning skills. We do this through a daily lesson that has a high proportion of whole-class and group-direct teaching. During these lessons we encourage children to ask as well as answer mathematical questions.
We teach mathematics using a mastery approach. We follow the National Curriculum programme of study for maths and use Abacus materials to support our planning and resources. With the Mastery approach children are taught to “understand” maths, rather than just rely on rote learning. We endeavor to encourage our children to learn deeply by giving enough time to explore mathematics at a deep level in order to foster understanding. This slower pace and focus on depth eventually leads to greater progress because it gives all learners the chance to become secure in their understanding. We enhance the teaching and learning and deeper understanding of number through numicon. Numicon is a quality first teaching approach designed to give children the understanding of number ideas and number relationships that is essential for success in maths. We use a series of structured patterns - Numicon shapes - to represent numbers, as part of a progressive teaching programme
At Hampton Infants School we use a variety of resources that children can visualize or touch to support their work. Through the consistent use of these apparatus and representations, our pupils gain confidence as independent learners to use resources and solve problems.