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All teaching and learning of maths at Hatherleigh is based on the principle aims of the national curriculum, for children to become fluent, reasoned problem solvers


  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
  • can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.


Gaining a thorough understanding of each mathematical concept is at the core of maths learning at the school with children’s ability to explain their thinking valued as highly as their ability to perform each task.  To this aim we endeavour to make maths practical, relevant and fun using a variety of strategies to engage children and illustrate each concept.

Times Table Rock Stars. As a school, we sign up to Times Table Rock Stars/ Numbots so all the children have their individual log in details. If you don't have the details for your child speak to their teacher. These guides will hopefully help you to support your child at home.


Chestnuts enjoyed playing an addition game called Bump.

14.10.22 Oaks working on fluency of single digit addition so support their addition of 2,3,and 4 digit numbers and multiples of 10.

Pupils in Reception have been comparing and sorting


Poplars worked outside looking for places they could find different numbers of objects. They then wrote addition and subtraction word problems linked to these.

Poplars worked outside to investigate the capacity of different containers and to practise reading the different scales on the measuring cylinders.

Chestnuts exploring shape

Willows working outdoors to deepen their understanding of place value.


Year 2 created 3D shapes using straws.

Year 5 investigated angles.

Year 3 investigated lines they could make. (Parallel, perpendicular, vertical, horizontal and diagonal)

Mrs King and Mrs Jacob invited parents to join their children for a Maths workshop.


1.3.19. Year 2 maths Workshop. The children loved the opportunity to play Maths games as part of the workshop giving information to parents about strategies and methods used in Year 2..

Year 2 Parent meeting PowerPoint.

Hatherleigh's Maths elf has been leaving challenges around school for the children to find and complete. Targets have now been set for each year group to achieve by the end of the year, to get their name on his Roll of Honour list.