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Click on the link for the 20/21 curriculum

At Hope House School we currently teach from EYFS to Functional Skills level:

EYFS – 1 pupil

Inspire Maths Level 1 (Year 1 equivalent) – 5 pupils

Inspire Maths Level 2 (Year 2 equivalent) – 4 pupils

Inspire Maths Level 3 (Year 3 equivalent) – 2 pupils

Inspire Maths Level 4 (Year 4 equivalent) – 1 pupil

Functional Skills Entry Level 1 (Year 5-6 level) – 3 pupils

Functional Skills Level 1 (Grade E-D/2-3) – 1 pupil

We follow the Inspire Maths and Functional Skills Programmes:

Inspire Maths

Inspire Maths’ works on the concept of ‘mastering’; mastering a subject or topic before moving onto the next topic, with each topic building on from one another. This ensures the pupils develop a deeper understanding of the learning objectives. It supports Hope House School’s aims to provide an individualised, accessible programme of learning for each pupil, ensuring they are working at a level and pace that supports each pupil’s individual needs and academic abilities. It is based on the UK National Curriculum.

Inspire Maths uses accessible individual pupil textbooks and practise books to aid the pupils with their learning. The Pupil Textbooks work alongside individualised lesson plans to provide an introduction to each new learning objective; they include guided practice activities which are completed in pupil’s maths workbooks ad are used to support the pupil’s learning throughout the lessons. The Practice Books provide carefully structured questions to reinforce concepts introduced in the Pupil Textbooks, this continues the pupil’s learning throughout each concept. The practice books are used to recognise what pupils have learned and identify gaps in learning. This enables staff to offer immediate intervention and opportunities for further practice, challenge, or enrichment.

Inspire Maths uses the CPA approach; this helps children learn new ideas and build on their existing knowledge by introducing abstract concepts in a more familiar and tangible way. The approach is firmly embedded in Inspire maths teaching. Concrete is the “doing” stage, using concrete objects to model problems. At Hope House school we use a range of concrete resources in all maths lessons to support the pupil’s learning. Pictorial is the “seeing” stage, it uses representations of the objects to model problems. This stage encourages pupils to make a mental connection between the physical object and abstract levels of understanding by drawing or looking at pictures, circles, diagrams, or models which represent the objects in the problem. Abstract is the “symbolic” stage, where pupils use abstract symbols to model problems. Once a child has demonstrated that they have a solid understanding of the “concrete” and “pictorial” representations of the problem, the teacher can introduce the more “abstract” concept, such as mathematical symbols.

Click on the link for an introduction to Inspire Maths

Functional Skills

Functional Skills provides assessment of pupils’ knowledge as well as their ability to apply this in different contexts. It provides a foundation for progression into employment or further education and develop skills for everyday life. 

Functional Skills for Entry Levels allows pupils to demonstrate an understanding of the basics of mathematical skills appropriate to the level, and the ability to apply mathematical thinking to solve simple problems in familiar situations. 

Functional Skills for Level 1 and Level 2 provides pupils with a qualification for work, study and life. It allows pupils to demonstrate an understanding of mathematical skills at the appropriate level and the ability to apply mathematical thinking effectively to solve problems successfully in the workplace and in other real life situations.


We also use a variety of programmes to aid our lessons and to support the pupils with their learning, including MyMaths and BKSB.


MyMaths is an online programme which offers interactive lessons, revision packs, online worksheets and homework, and resources to aid the delivery of lessons. It follows the UK National Curriculum and allows us to set work and track pupils progress; it is used primarily with our primary level pupils. We often set pupils the online homework after new topics have been introduced, to give pupils opportunity to develop their understanding. It has been particularly useful for pupils who are remote learning, as we can set pupils tasks online, for them to access from home. We can then check pupils progress to determine whether they need further lessons on that topic.


BKSB is an online programme which offers assessments, learning resources and learning plans for pupils. It works alongside Functional Skills programmes and it is used primarily with our secondary ages pupils and the pupils who are learning through the Functional Skills programme. Pupils can complete initial assessments to determine their overall level of ability in Maths. They then complete a diagnostic assessment which assesses their levels for the various topic, including number, measure, shape and space and statistics and data. These assessments then produce an individual learning plan to tailor the learning resources to each pupil’s needs and levels. Pupils repeat both assessments each term to determine any progress they have made in the previous term and identify any gaps in knowledge. We can track pupils progress through progress checks.


To assess our pupil’s knowledge and understanding, we carry out termly assessments based on the topics the pupils have focused on the previous term. Both Inspire Maths and Functional Skills programmes provide assessment papers based on the topics taught in each unit. BKSB can also be used to assess pupils who are learning through Functional Skills and it offers practise exam papers for each level.

We are also in the process of developing a progress tracker, which will include a breakdown of the individual learning objectives within each unit. It will track how each pupil is progressing within each topic and will indicate when each pupil is ready to move onto the next unit.

Recovery Curriculum

Upon returning in the Autumn term, it was decided that pupils would need to recap some of the topics taught prior to the pupils working from home, and topics covered whilst working at home. Pupils were initially assessed using termly assessments to determine the gaps in their knowledge; this was then used to develop a recovery curriculum plan.

Remote Learning

Currently, some pupils are again working from home. To ensure pupils are continuing their education, home learning packs are sent to each pupil each week. These home learning packs link to the topics being taught in school to ensure the pupils are continuing to progress in their learning.

Virtual lessons are also offered; these give pupils the opportunity to remain in contact with school staff, which can support their mental health and well-being. Virtual sessions work differently depending on the needs, abilities and understanding of each pupil. Some virtual sessions involve speaking to the pupils to gauge how they are doing with their home learning packs, and it allows pupils to work through them with staff and to ask questions about anything they are unsure of. Some virtual sessions are live sessions, where pupils join into the lessons being taught by their group of peers.

Oxford Owl Maths – help for parents supporting their children with mathematics

The resource links below are from Oxford Owl Maths and are designed to support you with your children’s maths. You’ll find a whole host of activities, simple ideas, top tips and eBooks to help your child with their maths at home.

There are lots of ways to help to build your child’s confidence in maths. There are many fun games and activities you can do with your child that practise maths skills. Many of our pupil’s love playing games and it’s an easy way to support their learning.

1.) Counting Objects

2.) Addition Lines

3.) Subtraction

4.) Times Tables

5.) Multiplication

6.) Division

7.) Calculating Fractions