Maths at Halley House



We use Mathematics Mastery as our maths programme at Halley House School. At primary school, a deep understanding is achieved through covering fewer topics in greater depth. Pupils explore and master concepts using objects, conversation and problem-solving to build their confidence in their understanding rather than learning procedures by rote.

There are three key features that provide pupils with a deep understanding of mathematics.

Objects and pictures:
Children use concrete manipulatives (objects) and pictorial representations (pictures), before moving to abstract symbols (numbers and signs).

Language development:
The way that children speak and write about mathematics has been shown to have an impact on their success. Maths Mastery use a carefully sequenced, structured approach to introduce and reinforce mathematical vocabulary. Every lesson includes opportunities for children to explain or justify their mathematical reasoning.

Problem solving:
Mathematical problem solving is at the heart of our approach – it is both how children learn maths, and the reason why they learn maths. By accumulating knowledge of mathematics concepts, children can develop and test their problem solving in every lesson.

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