Mathematics teaching in school is designed to equip children with the necessary skills to become fluent and accurate mathematicians. Lessons are carefully planned to ensure skills are reinforced, revisited and built upon in order to provide a firm foundation for subsequent learning. Children have opportunities to explore concepts independently and to demonstrate their understanding using written and less formal methods, such as using numicon, number lines and counters. We also incorporate opportunities for the children to ask questions and talk their mathematical thinking through with their learning partners, other class peers and adults in order to allow them to clarify learning and help us assess their understanding.
Mathematics is taught in the Nursery and Reception classes as part of the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, and in Year 1 and 2 from Key Stage 1 of the National Curriculum.
We teach mathematics discretely and thematically. Discrete teaching ensures a firm foundation of understanding and thematic teaching allows the children to see how mathematical thinking and concepts can be applied in cross-curricular learning.
As a school, we know that a mastery approach to learning will extend all learners, and we apply this in our mathematics teaching. By ensuring every child has access to high quality teaching and ongoing opportunities to apply their learning independently we know that teachers will be able to plan effective lessons that move learning on.
We track progress in mathematics alongside Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation stage, and using Key Performance Indicator sheets in Key Stage One. The KPI sheets have been designed alongside three other schools to be able to moderate use and assessment.
We have developed our Key Stage One (Years 1 and 2) curriculum to meet the requirements of the new National Curriculum introduced in 2014, https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum
In the Early Years Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception) teaching and learning is based on the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, www.gov.uk/government/publications/early-years-foundation-stage-profile-handbook
In the EYFS and Key Stage One we have daily mathematics sessions that focus on all areas of mathematics. In the EYFS mathematical thinking is also encouraged when the children are investigating independently in the indoor and outdoor classrooms, and in Key Stage 1 the children complete a range of work and investigations to help them develop their mathematical skills, such as reasoning and problem solving.
Here are the different aspects of the National Curriculum. We try and make sure all children are able to learn and have real, hands on and engaging learning experiences:
Number and Place Value: number, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and fractions.
Measures: length, weight, capacity, reading scales, money and time.
Geometry: properties of shapes, position and direction
The children also collect and record information in various ways, and interpret this. This is called statistics.
It is important that the children can connect their maths learning fluently and apply their knowledge and understanding to answer questions and solve problems independently. Children are encouraged to select resources to support their work independently.
Key Stage One children also each receive a personal Maths Whizz account that they use in weekly sessions in school and can use to log-in and use to continue their mathematical learning at home.
Summer term 2017
This term in maths, the children have been working hard in lots of different areas of maths. As the weather has been much nicer, we have been able to take some of our maths work outside, and all year groups have spent some measuring different things – both mathematical objects and non-mathematical ones!
Children in reception have also been using a variety of non-standard units of measurement to measure different objects.
Spring term 2017.
This half term, Reception children have been ordering numbers 0-20, matching number sentences with their answer and measuring outside.
Year 1 have been creating their own pictogram about their favourite fruits. They have also been using the Beebots to give directions from and to different places.
In year 2, the children have been solving division problems using cubes, measuring space themed objects to the nearest centimetre and making money amounts using coins.
Autumn term 2016
In maths this term, the Reception children have been starting to write numbers, and have been initiating their own learning, for example measuring playdough!
In year 1, the children have been completing calculation work including writing their number bonds to 20. They also talked about the commutative law, knowing that addition can be solved in any order!
The children in year 2 have been sorting numbers into groups, for example odd and even and also using numicon to add numbers together.