We believe that Maths is an activity based Curriculum area and so the children learn through experience of doing Maths, through observation, exploration and investigation. We want all children to develop confidence in Maths and want them to be able to use and apply their skills so that they are able to reason and solve problems.
Numeracy is taught using the Primary National Curriculum for Maths. To support the children’s learning experience in Maths we use Computers, practical resources and real life situations.
Pupils’ progress is closely monitored ad work is targeted towards the individual’s needs and ability; we use Assertive Mentoring and Target Tracker to do this.
The National Curriculum for Maths aims to provide a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of Maths, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject. The National Curriculum for Maths aims to ensure that all pupils:
- become fluent in the fundamentals of Maths, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex
- problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately
- reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, looking at relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
- can solve problems by applying their Maths to a variety of routine and non – routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and preserving in seeking solutions.
Language and Maths
Pupils’ spoken language in Maths reflects the importance of spoken language across the whole curriculum. The quality and variety of language that children hear and speak are key factors in developing their mathematical vocabulary and presenting a mathematical justification, argument or proof.
Early Years Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception)
Children will learn about numbers, shape and space, measures and data handling through using practical resources and real life situations. They will also learn to use and apply these concepts.
Key Stage 1 (Year 1 and Year 2)
The principal focus of Maths teaching in key stage 1 is to ensure that pupils develop confidence and mental fluency with whole numbers, counting and place value. This should involve working with numerals, words and the four operations, including with practical resources (for example, concrete objects and measuring tools).
At this stage, pupils should develop their ability to recognise, describe, draw, compare and sort different shapes and use the related vocabulary. Teaching should also involve using a range of measures to describe and compare different quantities such as length, mass, capacity/volume, time and money.
By the end of year 2, pupils should know the number bonds to 20 and be precise in using and understanding place value. An emphasis on practice at this early stage will aid fluency.
Pupils should read and spell mathematical vocabulary, at a level consistent with their increasing word reading and spelling knowledge at key stage 1.