'Never stop reading' is our message here at HPAB! Our Year 6's have got off to a flying start completing their bookmarks already!


Reading is a key priorty for us at and we encourage reading in our staff room with our staff sharing library. Reading is all around us!


Year 2 have been settling back into school life at HPAB and approaching learning with enthusiasm and joy! They have been reading Amazing Grace and have written a description of the main character using features from the author’s work.


This week we look at the work Year 4 have been doing and they have been really busy writing letters to the author of Anna Hibicus. They have written letters asking question and they are hoping for some answers too!


Year 2 have been settling back into school life at HPAB and approaching learning with enthusiasm and joy! They have been reading Amazing Grace and have written a description of the main character using features from the author’s work.


Our new to Reception children enjoyed a little bit of creative play today in the mud kitchen....yummy - what's for dinner?


We are proud to announce our Uniforn Swap Shop is now open. Please contact the office for an appointment. Working together as a community


We are committed to making our community the best it can be. We share any left over lunches with our families and neighbours. 'A small act of kindness can have a large impact


The first week back at school and all children have settled into the school routine. In assembly we read the book 'I promise' and we all made our own learning promises. Thank you for the inspiration!


Our first Principal awards of the year were given out today. They are being worn proudly after receiving them for hard work, reading or kindness! Well done!


A fantastic way to start our Monday with a whole school assembly. We discussed reading and our learning promise for the year!


A great new staffroom ready for our staff at HPAB.


All set today for welcoming back our children.


Reading areas are looking ready to welcome our children back tomorrow


Day 2 of Inset training today for our wonderful We are really looking forward to welcoming back all of our children tomorrow.


Team building in process...a scavenger hunt - Teachers Addition! Lots of fun on the first day already!


We are welcoming back all of our staff with a wellbeing gift that will last the year! Essentials for a teacher...water bottle, sweets and a pen!


It's the final day of our Year 6 Summer School and we are so proud of our children! They have revised figuarative language, written short stories, added/subtracted fractions and also revised stratiegies for calculating using the 4 operations! Well done!


Day 2 of Year 6 Summer School starts today with some reading and extracting answers from the text.


Moving on to arithmetic this morning for Summer School...very impressed with the retrieval of how to subtract decimals. Remember we learn more and remember more...keep up the good work Year 6!

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At Harris Primary Academy Benson we believe that children from all backgrounds can succeed in Mathematics. Our focus is on raising standards – working together to show what pupils are capable of and to find effective ways to enable every child to succeed.

We aim for children to study different areas of the Maths curriculum  and  develop a greater understanding of  these areas.

Three key features of our maths teaching include:

· High expectations for every child

· More time on fewer topics

· Problem-solving at the heart

We aim to embed a deep understanding of maths by employing the concrete, pictorial, abstract approach across all phases by using concrete materials (e.g. objects) and pictorial representations (e.g. pictures, diagrams) alongside the use of numbers and symbols. This supports pupils to develop a deeper conceptual understanding of the underlying mathematical structure; enabling children to master the concepts taught and developing a deep understanding of mathematics.

We emphasise:

Language – communicating ideas, proof, clarity and development of mathematical concepts.

Thinking – questioning and task design to promote mathematical thinking.

Understanding – using the concrete, pictorial and abstract approach to deepen conceptual understanding, and making connections to previous learning, to other subjects.

Problem Solving – to be mathematical is to solve mathematical problems. Problem solving is both why and how we learn mathematics.

We aim to ensure that all children:

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that they have conceptual understanding and are able to recall and apply their knowledge rapidly and accurately to problems
  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
  • can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.


Curriculum Time

To provide adequate time for developing Mathematical skills, each class teacher will provide at least five daily mathematics lessons per week. This will usually last for about 60 minutes.

Foundation Stage

Children count reliably with numbers from 1 to 20, use the operations addition  and subtraction and solve problems, including doubling, halving and sharing.

Children use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems.

Key Stage 1

The principal focus of mathematics teaching in Key Stage 1 is to ensure that children develop confidence and mental fluency with whole numbers, counting and place value. This involves working with numerals, words and the four operations.

Lower Key Stage 2 – Years 3-4

The principal focus of mathematics teaching in lower Key Stage 2 is to ensure that children become increasingly fluent with whole numbers and the four operations, including number facts and the concept of place value. This should ensure that children develop efficient written and mental methods and perform calculations accurately with increasingly large whole numbers. At this stage, children develop their ability to solve a range of problems, including with simple fractions and decimal place value.

Teaching should also ensure that pupils draw with increasing accuracy and develop mathematical reasoning so they can analyse shapes and their properties, and confidently describe the relationships between them. It should ensure that they can use measuring instruments with accuracy and make connections between measure and number. By the end of year 4, pupils should have memorised their multiplication tables up to and including the 12 multiplication table and show precision and fluency in their work. Pupils should read and spell mathematical vocabulary correctly and confidently, using their growing word reading knowledge and their knowledge of spelling.

Upper Key Stage 2 – Years 5-6

The principal focus of mathematics teaching in upper Key Stage 2 is to ensure that children extend their understanding of the number system and place value to include larger integers. This should develop the connections that children make between multiplication and division with fractions, decimals, percentages and ratio.
At this stage, children develop their ability to solve a wider range of problems, including increasingly complex properties of numbers and arithmetic, and problems demanding efficient written and mental methods of calculation. With this foundation in arithmetic, children are introduced to the language of algebra as a means for solving a variety of problems. Teaching in geometry and measures should consolidate and extend knowledge developed in number. Teaching should also    ensure that pupils classify shapes with increasingly complex geometric properties and that they learn the vocabulary they need to describe them.
By the end of Year 6, the aim is for the children to be fluent in written methods for all four operations, including long multiplication and division, and in working with fractions, decimals and percentages.Pupils should read, spell and pronounce mathematical vocabulary correctly.

Resources                                                                                                                        At HPAB we use a range of resource to support the teaching and learning of Mathematics. We follow the recommended progression from the White Rose Maths.

Typical Daily Lesson

A typical maths lesson would look like this:

Starter: To develop fluency and review previous learning

Teach and Talk input: Here the teacher gives a whole-class input, with lots of opportunities for children to talk to their partner about particular questions, apply their learning to mini-tasks, and clarify misconceptions.

Extended Partner Practice: Here the children are having a go at the day’s new learning in what might be a game, a sheet with the same layout as your teaching, but with different numbers, some sort of physical resource that they will use to solve a problem. At this point, the teacher can move around the room, and assess how well children have understood the learning.

Written Task: Here the children are independently completing the tasks, which, after the ‘teach and talk’, and ‘partner practice’, are accessible and understood. We use a sticker system that progresses from fluency to problem solving and reasoning as the independent tasks for the children to complete.





Sticker One
- Must be accessible by all in your class (i.e. everyone needs to meet the LO). So this will be different for every class. Ask yourself – will everyone get this question right?
- Is often pictorial (could be a representation of your extended/guided partner practise).
- Could be a “tick the one that shows X” or “identify if Y has been done”.

Sticker Two

- Is then moving to an abstracted form of the first question (e.g. might be three or four column method questions, with a pattern).
- Meets the LO in a more obvious, typical way.



Sticker Three

- Is applying the mathematical skill in a different way, e.g.
- Matching questions
- “Misconception questions” (e.g. “Sam thinks X – is he right? Can you correct?)
- True or false and why questions
- Word Problems


Sticker Four

- Is often an open-ended, challenging, deepening question. They might need to explain, or reason.

- These can often be taken or adapted from the NCETM mastery assessment documents, NRICH, and the White Rose Maths (WRMaths on TES)




In lessons we use formative assessment to help decide on what we should do next with pupils and the progress they are making. This allows us to understand how to support and extend our pupils appropriately.  

Teachers recognise the difference between performance and learning and understand that pupil performance in the lesson today does not necessarily translate into the type of learning that will be evident tomorrow.  As a result, the use of low stakes tests (in the form of spaced retrieval practice) enable staff to regularly assess what learning has been retained by pupils over longer periods of time. This also provides pupils with the regular opportunity of retrieving information from memory, which consequently facilitates learning.

This includes:

  • assessment for learning
  • pupil voice
  • challenge tasks
  • quizzing, multiple choice and end of unit questions
  • standards of learning in books
  • spaced retrieval practice 

At three assessment points, pupils also sit a standardised test so that gaps can be analysed on a class, academy and federation level. These assessments address the three key elements of the curriculum; fluency, reasoning and problem solving.