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 diennes, 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 Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 from the National Curriculum.
We teach mathematics discretely using the Maths No Problem scheme. 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 Indicators in target Tracker for Key Stage One and Key Stage Two. The KPI sheets have been designed for schools using target tracker and enables those that subscribe to be able to moderate use and assessment.
In the Early Years Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception) teaching and learning is based on the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum,
In the EYFS, Key Stage One and Key Stage Two we have daily mathematics lessons 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 One and Key Stage Two 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 actively encouraged to select resources to support their learning.