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To find out our approach to teaching maths at Minchinhampton please click below.

Our approach to teaching maths

The mathematics units of study are organised into distinct domains (see headings on jigsaw pieces). However, pupils will make rich connections across mathematical ideas to sevelop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly complex problems.  The stages on the jigsaw pieces broadly refer to pupils’ year group.  Thus Stage 1 would apply to Year 1.  However, pupils will only move onto the next stage of a concept when they demonstrate a secure understanding it.  Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly will be challenged through rich and sophisticated problems before being accelerated onto new content.

Overview of Maths

Maths Passports are a strategy for improving children’s mental maths skills.

Each child has a passport with a series of targets set out in continents. These targets get progressively more challenging through the school. The passports track progression in basic number skills. The children will develop instant recall skills in all the objectives they should not be taking time to work out the answer to each question, they need to know it instantly.

All children will start at their attainment level and progress through the passports at their own pace.  The aim is to complete the passports at the latest by Year 6.  At first, it may seem that the work they are doing is too easy but we want to check how fast all the children are at each objective.

The children will be practising mental maths skills in school and will be tested regularly.  But in order to progress quickly and to develop instant recall, your child will need your help.

Maths Passport – information for parents

Do your children start talking a strange language whilst doing their maths homework? Do words such as “chunking”, “grid method” or “partitioning” baffle you?

The PowerPoint presentation and addition and subtraction videos below  should help you to understand more about the methods used in our school and to enable you to further support your child/children with maths.


Click here for our interactive Maths Methods 

PowerPoint presentation 

The videos below have been created by pupils in Years 5 and 6.

Addition Video Guidance

Subtraction Video Guidance

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