Our mathematics curriculum equips pupils with tools that include logical reasoning, problem-solving skills, and the ability to think in abstract ways.
During the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, maths forms part of many interactive learning experiences. Pupils develop their knowledge and understanding of mathematics through play, exploration and discussion. Children work with shapes and begin to learn their properties, use language to give positional clues and compare quantities, identify and recreate patterns. They learn to count, read, write and order numbers to 20 using songs and rhymes, which is extended to 100 and beyond during The National Curriculum in Key Stage 1.
During Key Stage 1 children are taught in mixed ability class groups for their main maths lesson. They are taught mental calculation strategies in mixed ability groups for 15 minutes each day, following our maths passport programme. Additionally they learn about shape and space, through practical activity which builds on their understanding of their immediate environment. They develop their use of mathematical language, using it to talk about their methods and explain their reasoning when solving problems.
During Key Stage 2, children are taught in mixed ability groups for their daily maths lesson. Additionally they have a 15 minutes mental calculations lesson which is taught in mixed ability groups following our maths passport programme. They move from counting reliably to calculating fluently with all four number operations. Children will use a wider range of mathematical language, diagrams and 4 charts. They learn to tackle a problem with mental methods before using any other approach, always supported with help and encouragement. We use layered targets to focus development in identified areas of Numeracy and progress is monitored in termly target setting and Pupil Progress Meetings (PPM).
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