Mathematics at Sandy Hill



The mathematics curriculum at Sandy Hill has been designed to ensure that children possess the skills and knowledge that will affect them positively in their lives. Concepts have been carefully sequenced to enable learners to make connections, building upon prior knowledge. At the heart of the curriculum, driven throughout each academic year, will be fundamental fluency/arithmetic skills. 


 We aim to:

  • Ensure that every child possesses key fluency skills to enhance their self-confidence and enjoyment of mathematics in order to develop their understanding of the world. 
  • Develop pupils’ reasoning skills using precise mathematical vocabulary
  • Build pupils’ understanding through applying their skills to problem-solving activities and real-life links.


Please see the document links at the end of this page to learn about the full Mathematics curriculum at Sandy Hill Academy.
In Nursery we have been exploring different mathematical resources through our play. This has supported our learning and development of Number and Shape, Space and Measure within the EYFS curriculum. We have also been developing our Maths working wall throughout our first term by adding resources to help support our maths learning such as Hungry Caterpillar fruit and Number themed Nursery Rhyme packs.
"I love singing number songs!" Nursery child, aged 3.
"I can count to ten now." Nursery child, aged 4.
"Look I have made a pattern using Lego." Nursery child, aged 4.
Here is a wonderful video capturing some of the Nursery children celebrating NSPCC Number Day 2021 by singing one of their favourite number nursery rhymes! 
Maths in Reception is carefully planned to ensure children have a strong sense of number. Children are taught maths within their daily taught session and activities are provided to embed taught skills and knowledge within their free choosing time. Within the Reception classrooms working wall displays are clearly visible and showcase recent learning, these areas also consist of resources that are freely accessible for the children to access and use to support their learning. 
"I practised writing my numbers." Reception pupil, age 5. 
"I made a repeating pattern! I drew my own shapes." Reception pupil, age 5. 
Year 1
In Year 1, we have had a busy start to the year! We have been exploring place value, addition and subtraction. We have used a tens frame and part part whole model to support with calculations. We have also explored money; identifying coins found in a purse, their value and relation to one another e.g. £1 is the same as 100 pennies. shape. 
"You can't get a 3p coin but you could make 3p by 1p and 2p because if you add them it makes 3." Year 1 pupil, age 5. 
"I made lots of take away sums using my tens frame." Year 1 pupil, age 5. 
Year 2
In Year 2, we began our Maths learning using concrete objects such as Dienes and then we learnt how to draw tens and ones ourselves so that we can solve addition and subtraction problems. We have4 worked hard with place value. We have been working hard on our two and ten times tables.
"Maths is my favourite lesson. I like doing my times tables tests each week." Year 2 pupil, age 7.
"When I am stuck I use the displays and my Maths mat to help me." Year 2 pupil, age 6.
Year 3
Year 3
Year Three have been busy diving into number and place value and addition and subtraction this term. The children have really enjoyed learning pictorially as well as using concrete resources. We have looked at number lines, part whole models, number tracks and place value grids! 
Year 4
In Year 4, we have been working with numbers with up to 4-digits for place value, addition and subtraction and more recently, we have focused on multiplying and dividing numbers by 10 and 100. We practise our times tables daily on TT Rockstars and complete regular times table challenges. 
"I really enjoy active times tables, on supermovers as well as using Times Tables Rockstars." Year 4 pupil, aged 9. 
Year 5
In Year 5, we have learnt all about place of numbers up to 1 million, learnt about rounding to the nearest 100,000 and also a range of strategies to support our mental additions and subtractions. We have also furthered our understanding of written strategies to support addition and subtractions.
Year 6 
Year 6 have been perfecting their Place Value skills with numbers to 10,000,000 and their understanding of the four operations. Arithmetic strategies and fluency have been worked on daily with the children showing fantastic confidence. C
Useful websites for Pupils and Parents/Carers
Document Links
This is a document below is an example of skills progression in Mathematics for the specific learning strand of 'Place Value' from Year 1-6. (3 photos)
The calculation policy demonstrates how calculations are developed at Sandy Hill.

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