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At Hightown, we aim to inspire all children to reach their full potential.  

Mathematics equips pupils with the uniquely powerful set of tools to understand and change the world. These tools include logical reasoning, problem solving skills and the ability to think in abstract ways. It is vital that a positive attitude towards mathematics is encouraged amongst all of our pupils, in order to foster confidence and achievement in a skill that is essential in our society. 

Mathematics is important in everyday life. It is integral to all aspects of life and with this in mind; we endeavour to ensure that children develop a positive and enthusiastic attitude towards mathematics that will stay with them. 

The National Curriculum for Mathematics (2014) describes in detail what pupils must learn in each year group. We combine this with the DFE’s Mathematics guidance: key stages 1 and 2 (Ready to Progress), our Mastering Maths Calculation Policy and the NCETM’s prioritisation materials. This ensures progression, continuity of skills and knowledge and high expectations for attainment in mathematics.      

At Hightown JIN School, we want everyone to be a successful mathematician.

It is important to us, that children master key calculation and number concepts so that they can apply these skills independently to a series of reasoning and problem-solving activities.


To master something means:

-   Deep and sustainable learning is occurring;

-   The ability to build on something that has already been sufficiently mastered;

-   The ability to reason about a concept and make connections;

-   Conceptual and procedural fluency;

-   Development of deep mathematical understanding;

-   Development of both factual/procedural and conceptual fluency;

-   Longer time on key topics, providing time to go deeper and embed learning.


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