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
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