Please watch our video to see what Maths is like at Grappenhall Heys...

“I love Maths because it's fun and challenging.”        Year 3 Pupil


At Grappenhall Heys, our teaching centres around fostering a love for, and confidence in, Maths through a creative, engaging and active curriculum. Maths is one of the most loved subjects in our school and we have developed a spiral curriculum that builds upon prior learning, embedded skills and the confident use of mathematical vocabulary that affords children opportunities for exploration and curiosity. We want children to make rich connections across mathematical ideas and the wider curriculum so that they develop fluency, mathematical reasoning, and competency in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. We promote a rich culture of taking risks and embracing challenges; our children have developed perseverance and resilience skills  and are motivated to work together to tackle anything! 

Our children develop their mathematical vocabulary when immersed in many experiences such as art, orienteering and making links to their own physical health. We use Teach Active to promote active and creative approaches across the Maths curriculum. In Early Years, our children are encouraged to explore numbers through different resources using a variety of natural materials found in school and at home. The link between school and home represents one important way that families can support children with their learning.

A key driver of the mastery approach in our Maths curriculum is the continual and varied celebrations of fluency through our multiplication tables reward scheme, which builds upon prior learning and encourages further exploration. Our children develop a strong sense of ownership regarding their achievements and support each other.In addition, our older children regularly reflect upon their own learning during improvement time. Maths at Grappenhall Heys encourages our pupils to have the confidence to apply their mathematical knowledge to other subjects and to know that Maths is essential to everyday life, critical to science,technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy.

What does my child learn in Maths?

Click here to learn about the content of OUR MATHS CURRICULULM: long term plans, curriculum content and progression maps. You can also watch a video about EARLY MATHS at Grappenhall Heys.

What do we do to make Maths special?

Our pupils and staff love Maths and we work hard to promote Maths at Grappenhall Heys. We have regular Maths Weeks, use specialist teaching, host more able and talented workshops for local schools and have close links with Bridgewater High School. We aim to develop cross-curricular links, encourage creativity and provide opportunities for pupils of all abilities.

Why is fluency and knowledge important?

In all Maths lessons at Grappenhall Heys, pupils practise their fluency skills using the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division). Mathematical knowledge and understanding underpins all elements of the the Maths curriculum. To motivate and reward children in developing and securing their fluency skills, we have also developed a multiplication reward scheme which operates throughout KS2. 

Please see the links below to see how to support your child with their fluency skills.

Why are reasoning and problem solving skills important?

We use Maths skills every day in our lives. Staff teach children to apply their mathematical knowledge, vocabulary and understanding in a variety of contexts and situations. Children become confident at solving problems and explaining their reasoning.

We aim to develop resilient and curious learners with the skills to succeed and a life-long love of Maths. Setbacks are character building and our children learn to be resourceful and persevere in order to succeed.   


How is my child assessed?

Alongside regular  informal assessments, staff record pupils’ progress against year group specific Maths targets. These targets are recorded in children's books and referred to by teachers in lessons. At the end of both key stages (Y2 and Y6), Maths is assessed formally in end of Key Stage tests in May / June. Information on these assessments is shared with parents at SATs information evenings. Pupils in Year 4 sit statutory multiplication tables checks in June.  In the Early Years, on-going assessment is used; children’s progress is clearly marked and tracked in children’s individual trackers using 2Build a Profile and Evidence Me. 

Across school, staff communicate regularly with parents. We hold regular Parents Evenings where parents are invited into school to discuss progress and next steps. We also produce annual written reports for parents.

Why do we love Maths at Grappenhall Heys?

How does the school meet my child’s needs in Maths?

All Maths lessons are structured to meet the needs of individual pupils and to recep and build upon prior learning and vocabulary. Where appropriate for SEND children, the Early Years’ Curriculum and the National Curriculum 2014 will be used to identify suitable objectives to be incorporated into Intervention Plans and/or individual pupil targets. More able and talented pupils will be identified through a range of activities and their needs will be met through the development of individual or group programs that encompass a range of learning styles and are designed to enrich the curriculum. Mastery skills are taught and pupils are given the opportunity to apply their fluency and Maths knowledge to tackle reasoning and problem-solving questions.

In addition, Grappenhall Heys is working hard to promote Active Learning in maths. We use Teach Active to promote active Maths whilst still ensuring coverage of the National Curriculum. Click here to see our Active Maths video.

PUPIL VOICE - What our pupils think about Maths ...

How can I support my child at home?

We welcome parental support to secure key Maths knowledge and skills in our pupils. Click on the links below for further information.

Click here for our school Calculation Policy -  this shows how we teach each of the four operations - addition, subtraction, multiplication and division - in each year group.

Our Calculation Policy is also available by year group.

EYFS Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division

Year 1 Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division

Year 2 Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division

Year 3 Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division

Year 4 Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division

Year 5 Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division

Year 6 Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division

Click here to see information on our KS2 Times Tables scheme.

Click here to see sample tests for Human Calculator, Maths Genius, Almost Einstein and Ultimate Einstein.

Please speak to your child's teacher or Mrs Ottiwell if you have any questions about Maths at Grappenhall Heys.