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We aim to give our students a secure understanding of the basic mathematical skills, a solid foundation upon which they can build as they move through their education.

Good mathematical knowledge is an essential skill for everyday life, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment.

In our early years and yellow pathway classrooms, maths skills are developed through activities such as matching, sorting, role-play and number songs and games. When pupils are ready for the next steps, which is assessed through continuous observation and recording, they then move on to more formal learning.

Teachers use Rising Stars to support engaging and interesting lessons. The planning focusses on sequenced mathematical learning. Students learn a wide range of mathematical skills, including calculations, numbers, geometry, measures and statistics. Mental maths skills are promoted and children will practise these on a daily basis. Students learn to apply their mathematical knowledge when problem-solving and are given daily opportunities to reason about their mathematical learning. Practical, real life activities are used wherever possible to enable students to relate their learning to real life contexts.

Mental Arithmetic — Students will develop a range of mental calculation skills. They will learn to recall number-facts and apply these when calculating and problem-solving. Students will learn their times-tables and can practise these using the Times Table Rock Stars programme in our primary school. All children in Key Stage 2 will have a username and password to access TTRS both at home and at school.

Students are introduced to the four operations; addition, subtraction, multiplication and division in key stage one. Throughout key stage two, students learn to calculate fluently both mentally and using written methods.

As students move into the secondary phase of their education, the focus moves towards functional maths skills that will prepare them for independence in adulthood. Students work towards accreditation in Functional Skills Maths, starting at Entry Level 1,2 and 3, then moving on to Functional Skills Level one and two if appropriate. These qualifications are equivalent to GSCE Maths. Work experience in Key Stage 4 gives students the opportunity to apply their maths skills in a real-life context.

Problem-Solving — The ability to solve problems and think mathematically is important in everyday life. Students will be introduced to a wide range of problem-solving activities throughout their time at Daventry Hill School. They will be encouraged to work systematically, to discuss their methods and reason about their answers when problem-solving.

Cross Curricular Links at Daventry Hill School — Numeracy is taught daily, but children practise and apply their maths throughout the school day in other subject areas such as Science, PE, ICT, Food Technology and Design Technology.