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At Goudhurst & Kilndown, we follow the ‘Inspire Maths’ approach to teaching mathematics. This was introduced with Year One children in September 2016, and is now embedded practice across KS1 and KS2.   Our aim was to give our pupils an even deeper understanding of Mathematical concepts and through a 'variation-based' pedagogy pupils, acquire flexibility in their thinking.  Inspire Maths is an aspirational problem solving based programme and the in-year programmes take children beyond the current National Curriculum standard - this is consistent with our school ethos of children challenging themselves and taking their learning to the highest possible levels.

 What is Inspire Maths?

‘Inspire Maths’ is built on the proven approach to teaching mathematics in Singapore, recognised globally as one of the most impactful ways to teach and learn maths. ‘Inspire Maths’ has been developed with leading UK educational experts and correlated to the new National Curriculum in England. It was selected by the Department for Education and NCETM for the national textbook research project with Maths Hubs  The programme follows a concrete – pictorial – abstract approach which ensures deep understanding of mathematical concepts during individual lessons and over time.  Carefully-designed spiral progression in the programme builds up knowledge over time, enabling all children to become confident mathematicians. 

Inspire maths guided sessions promote discussion and exploration, with a strong emphasis on mathematical language, speaking in full sentences, and reasoning (by children consistently being required to explain how they know).   Inspire maths guided sessions include specific questions, which draw out children’s understanding and identify and misconceptions immediately. Examples of these questions include:

  • How do you know?
  • What do you know?
  • What do you see?
  • What is the relationship between…?
  • Say it in a full sentence
  • What if…
  • Prove how you know
  • Talk to me in fractions/measure/ shape properties (correct maths vocab)
  • Is there another way?
  • Use resources to explain your thinking
  • Tell me about…
  • Show me another way
  • If you know that, what else do you know?
  • What is the same and what is different?
  • Can you be more specific?
  • Does that always apply?
  • What makes you think that?
  • How does that fit in (with)
  • What is happening?
  • What is likely to happen?

Inspire Maths is a high-quality textbook programme which can be used from Y1- Y6 and helps every child to achieve maths mastery. The pupil textbooks introduce concepts in a highly scaffolded way, helping children to make meaningful connections between mathematical ideas.

Each child records their learning in  their Maths and Inspire Practice books. The Practice books reinforce the concepts that have been introduced and encourage extensive opportunities for independent practice. This builds fluency through frequent and varied practice leading towards mastery of concepts. Practice books include a variety of questions and word problems (including non-routine) for consolidation, and challenging questions

How are children assessed in Inspire Maths?

  • Comprehensive reviews provide consolidation after every two or three units
  • Each child has an Inspire Assessment Book. These books support teachers to assess children’s mastery of concepts and create a record of individual progress.
  • Inspire Maths provides a range of summative assessments that can be used after teaching 2-3 units, mid-term or termly.
  • Children are also assessed against Age Related Expectations in Mathematics using our school tracking and assessment procedures.

Research shows that Inspire Maths is proven to improve children's progress

Curriculum Content

Inspire Maths follows the National Curriculum, but takes it to a much deeper and more thorough level, where children are able to apply their skills to more abstract and varied problems;  in short, we aim for the programme to help us develop more resilient, flexible and skilled Mathematicians at Goudhurst & Kilndown. 

For more information about the specific Year Group programmes see the following links:

Year 1 - Long Term Plan

Year 2 - Long Term Plan

Year 3 - Long Term Plan

Year 4  - Long Term Plan

Year 5 - Long Term Plan

Year 6 - Long Term Plan

Increasing Fluency

In addition, we strongly believe that subitising, number bond and time-tables are at the heart of number fluency and reduce cognitive load when children progress through the Inspire programme.  We therefore promote and celebrate children’s engagement with both the following programmes:

EYFS/KS1 - Numbots:   Developing automatic recall & conceptual understanding of addition and subtraction, through gamification and use of multiple representations

KS1 & KS2 - Timestable Rockstars:   Developing automatic recall of times tables and division inverse.