In mathematics at Hanover, we believe no-one is ‘good’ or bad at ‘maths’, we are all born with the ability to enjoy and succeed. We want our children to be active learners, we want them to learn how to think deeply, to try out their own ideas and to develop a mathematical language to question and challenge, as they learn.
Pupils’ thinking and communication skills are developed and encouraged in mathematics lessons through planned activities that involve speaking and listening, reading, writing and, most importantly, reasoning about problems. We provide real life situations to encourage mathematical reasoning and model examples of what reasoning involves. This helps the pupils become more confident in problem solving by practising and refining their skills and strategies.
We want every teacher and student to be a mathematician. Mathematicians have confidence to tackle real life problems. We want everyone to take pleasure in questioning, reasoning and discussing ideas in maths and not be held back by a fear of getting it wrong.
Our learners steadily acquire fluency in how the different aspects of maths work – number, measures, geometry and statistics. They apply this with flexibly in different a variety of different situations. Confident mathematicians are able to use and choose from a range of written and mental procedures to calculate and they understand how these work.
Teachers and students will use many different practical resources in mathematics. Children master abstract mathematics when they try out the ideas with objects they can hold and manipulate. They may also need to draw pictures and make jottings to explain what they are thinking.
We use the Maths Hubs plans from White Rose (a consortium of school and universities, including University of Leeds, Huddersfiled University and North Halifax Grammar School) who are pioneering and developing the teaching of maths, to support our planning and teaching of maths.
We are also using ‘Mathletics’ and weekly tables challenges to help children acquire and improve their knowledge of key number facts. Our aim at Hanover is to open doors of understanding so that all children enjoy, succeed and flourish in their mathematical learning.