At Hobletts Manor Infant and Nursery School we believe Mathematics is a way of communicating that allows us to make sense of the world around us. Young children are natural learners. They construct mathematical ideas based on their experiences with their environment, their interactions with adults and other children and their daily observations. They approach new tasks with curiosity and a sense of experimentation. By developing their ability to calculate, communicate, reason and problem solve, children learn to appreciate that Maths can be an exciting and stimulating subject to learn which has relevance to their own everyday lives.
Our aims for our Learning and Teaching within Mathematics are to enable children to:
Develop positive attitudes to mathematics, recognising that it can be both useful and enjoyable.
Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics.
Develop the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
Independently select and use a range of mathematical resources and effectively use a range of recording methods.
Develop the ability to think logically and reason mathematically using mathematical language effectively and confidently.
To solve problems by applying their mathematical understanding whilst valuing the process of enquiry as well as the answer.
The Maths Curriculum:
Our school’s Mathematics’ Curriculum follows the National Curriculum for Mathematics and the Foundation Stage Statutory Framework. We aim to ensure that there is an emphasis on Maths skills which encourages appropriate connections to be made between all the aspects of the Maths curriculum. In the EYFS the mathematics curriculum is based on and supported by the early learning goals for mathematical developments.
In the EYFS children access a language rich environment where Maths development is supported through practical experiences in order to promote social skills and the development of mathematical language and understanding.
· Concepts of shape, space, direction, size, length, capacity and mass are developed through sand, water and tactile play, outdoor provision, small world play, story-telling and songs.
· Children are also taught basics of number; 1 to 1 correspondence, number order and recognition. Role play situations provide opportunities for using and applying knowledge and problem solving.
· By the end of Reception the children write digits and calculations as well as recognise them and work with them practically to meet the expectations of the Early Years Goals as outlined in the EYFS.
In KS1 children have daily Maths sessions following the National Curriculum.
The principal focus of mathematics 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 4 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.
In Year 1, children will start to build confidence working with numbers, through developing their counting and calculation skills. They will also gain an understanding of halves and quarters, start to measure and tell the time, and learn about some 2D and 3D shapes.
Children will be taught to count forwards and backwards to 100, add and subtract numbers to 20, and be introduced to the idea of multiplying and dividing. They will be encouraged to use objects to help them solve simple problems in a practical way.
In Year 2, children will continue to develop their counting and calculation skills, learning different ways to multiply and divide. They will also extend their understanding of fractions. They will measure length, weight, volume, temperature, time and money, discover more about 2D and 3D shapes, and begin to learn about statistics. They’ll count in steps of 2, 3, 5 and 10 and learn number bonds to 20. They’ll partition numbers into 10s and 1s to add and subtract one-digit and two-digit numbers. They will be taught the 2, and 10 times tables and how to find 1/2 , 1/4, 3/4 and 1/3 of quantities and shapes.
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.