At Lace Hill Academy we follow a primary programme called Inspire Maths to support teaching and learning in mathematics.
What is Inspire Maths?
Inspire Maths is a transformational, whole-school approach, to raising pupils’ achievement in maths. The programme of resources is built upon the internationally acclaimed approach to teaching mathematics in Singapore. Published by Oxford University Press it is based on the leading Singapore Maths series My Pals are Here, used in 100% of Singapore's state primary schools.
Inspire Maths has also been selected by the Department for Education and National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics for the Year 1 textbook project running in 34 maths hubs nationwide. The Maths Hubs programme brings together mathematics education professionals in a collaborative national network of 35 hubs, each locally led by an outstanding school or college. Maths Hubs harness all maths leadership and expertise within an area, to develop and spread excellent practice, for the benefit of all pupils and students. A great endorsement for the programme.
How does it work in your child’s classroom?
Inspire Maths uses individual pupil textbooks which introduce mathematical concepts in a highly scaffolded way, enabling all our children to develop critical thinking skills, make mathematical connections and become confident mathematicians. Inspire Maths builds firm foundations and a deep understanding of mathematical concepts through a concrete-pictorial-abstract approach.
The unit of work will begin with introducing the skills through the use of real objects or mathematical equipment. This enables the children to ‘act out’ the skill following a ‘hands on’ approach. In division, for example, this could be done by separating apples into red ones and green ones or by sharing 12 biscuits amongst 6 children.
When the children have understood the ‘hands on’ experience they them move on to representations such as a diagram or picture. In the case of a division exercise this may be the action of circling objects.
Finally, the child should be able to demonstrate the skills through mathematical symbols. For example: 12 ÷ 6 = 2
The pupil textbooks are used to introduce a new mathematical concept and the pupils work together in pairs or guided groups to complete the activities on whiteboards.
When the children have confidence with the new learning, they move onto the practice books. Here the children work independently to practice the skills at their own pace.
The practice books contain a wealth of activities to develop fluency, build mathematical confidence and lead towards a greater depth of understanding.
How is your child’s work assessed?
At the end of each unit of work the children complete their assessment. The Assessment Books form a comprehensive, rigorous assessment tool. They support teachers to assess children’s understanding of concepts and create a record of individual progress.
The assessments are used to quickly identify gaps in learning for immediate intervention and opportunities for further practice, challenge or enrichment. For our children they provide an opportunity to self-reflect, celebrate success and build confidence.
It is an exciting time here at Lace Hill and we look forward to observing how Inspire Maths works with our children and measuring the impact of it as they move through the school.
If you would like to see how another primary school has implemented Inspire Maths, then please watch this clip about Lofthouse Gate Primary school’s journey so far.