Our children’s mathematical journey begins in the Early years and continues throughout the school to the end of Key Stage 1 in year 2.
It is our intent for children to leave our school ready for the next stage of their education with basic number facts and place value fully embedded and a good working knowledge of arithmetic, geometry and statistics.
A copy of our policy document is below.
We actively engage with and encourage parents to support their child at home with their Maths learning. We have created parental guides for Year 1 & 2 that we share at our regular parental information sessions. Below are copies of the sessions from our Spring parent sessions:
As mentioned in the parent booklets we aim for children to have rapid recall of key number facts. We use a proven research-based scheme called Numbersense. This builds upon the secure foundations that children develop in the Early Years. Through our weekly emails and via our on-line learning platforms we set weekly tasks linked to the areas of Maths we are covering so that parents can support their child at home.
From the beginning of their Early Years journey the children are encouraged to develop their skills of noticing (spotting similarities and differences in objects and groups of objects) and subitising (being able to see and recognise numbers of things without counting) through adult led opportunities and their learning environments. Maths is woven through their daily school life and given a real life context. Following training and advice from Karen Wilding, an international maths consultant, staff have developed an understanding of how children learn and how this relates to developing early number sense.
Our long term plan focuses on the six key concepts proposed by the NCETM. Small steps are built upon from nursery to reception, considering the progression of skills from the NCETM as well as the learning trajectories. Our medium term plans focus on a key concept and this is unpicked in detail, providing staff with information on what the children need to learn and how this can be achieved as well as where to find additional information. The key concepts are rarely taught in isolation and are revisited regularly throughout the Early Years.
The children in reception develop a secure foundation in number sense which stands them in good stead for the Year 1 maths curriculum. They use 5 and 10 frames to represent numbers to 10 and use these to build up larger numbers. They are encouraged to represent maths in different ways, primarily using concrete methods (real life objects and maths resources), progressing to pictorial and abstract (recording more formally) when appropriate. Maths talk is pivotal and children develop maths language through their daily maths sessions and the opportunity to talk about what they see and how they see it in relation to their everyday maths.
WORLD MATHS DAY 2022
Here are some photos of some of the fun we had. We also stopped through the day and practised our number facts when the timer went off and we practised counting to ten in Cornish.