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.
In addition to our mathematics teaching in school we provide two online mathematics learning tools. MyMaths is provided for all children and provides a platform for homework and revision of taught skills, as well as games. Times Table Rock Stars is also provided as a fun and effective way to develop fluency in multiplication.
For additional information about using MyMaths or Times Table Rock Stars please see below.
- Introductory letter for use of MyMaths and Times Table Rock Stars
- MyMaths homework information-help sheet
Summer Term 2018
We have been role playing ice cream shops in the EYFS this term! The children have talked about the different combinations of ice cream they could choose if there were 3 scoops from a selection of 4 different types of ice cream to help develop problem solving skills. Children also looked at the coins in the till, which included real money. As always, the chidlren have also been doing lots of counting, including counting beads onto a bead tree.
The children in Reception classes have been learning about measuring and have completed many different measuring challenges. The challenges included measuring length (height) using objects from around the learning environment to see how tall childrenw ere. Children also used a height chart to mark their heights and see the differences in heights between the chidlren.
Year 1 have been using a range of equipment to represent different numbers. For example, some children worked together to find how many ways they could represent or make different numbers as part of a problem solving activity. Children were able to use any resource to support them in their work, and some used bead strings, number lines, whiteboards, cubes or shapes to show their answers.
Year 2 have been completing lots of problem solving investigations this term. They have investigated the most common letter used in the first names in each class and used their own agreed method to work this out. They have also been using their number knowledge to make different numbers using a variety of objects around the classroom and have represented this in different ways to evidence their work. The children then moved this learning knowledge on, as they made different money amounts in a variety of ways and using different coins.
Spring 2 2018
This term in Nursery, we have been learning about shape. The children have been looking at different shapes and using magnetic 2D shapes to create 3D shapes and models.
We have also continued to practise our counting, and ordered numbers too.
In Reception we have been learning about money. We looked at coins, cards and notes, and practised recognising the coins. We had a little shop on the carpet where we were able to ‘buy’ different foods and practised counting out the correct number of pennies.
We have also been learning about doubling. We have been doubling numbers, and using Numicon to help us find out answers to double problems.
We have been learning how to find the number that is one more or one less than a given number. We have been adding and taking away one from groups of objects, using number lines, and playing games to help us find one more and one less.
This term in Year 1 we have learnt about money including the value of each coin and how to pay for different items using the coins.
We have solved missing number problems including addition and subtraction using a number line. We also learnt about finding ½ and ¼ of a shape and a number.
We have also learnt how to tell the time to o’clock and half past. We wrote the times for different clocks and we learnt about the different length of the hands and how to draw the correct times on clocks too.
This term, we have been looking at measuring, including looking at the different scales on measuring tools and working together to measure a variety of lengths, weights and capacity.
We have also focused on position, direction and movement and used the Beebots and iPads to direct the Beebot around a map.
We have started to use BBC Supermovers in our lessons to help us practise our times tables, learn about fractions and understand measuring the length of an object.
Autumn Term 2017
This term in maths, the children have been working hard in lots of different areas of maths.
The children have been counting objects around the classroom including baubles! They have also been sorting objects, looking at sizes and colours.
The children have been learning to write numbers and using them in number sentences. They have also been using Numicon to add two numbers together.
In Year 1, the children have been using Numicon to order numbers and add two numbers together. They have been identifying shapes by looking at each shape’s properties, and beginning to weigh different objects and use the language ‘heavier’ and ‘lighter.’
In Year 2, the children have been working on calculation. They have been using a number line to add, and some children have been challenging themselves by trying to jump in 10s by using their place value knowledge. They have also completed some work on 2D and 3D shape including discussing similarities and differences between the shapes.
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.