Our maths curriculum equips pupils with tools that include the ability to calculate securely in all four operations, a comprehensive understanding of the number system, problem-solving skills, and the ability to think in abstract ways. It is designed to enable children to learn key skills, practise, consolidate and apply them and then to master them. Children learn about mathematics wherever possible in a context so that they understand how it relates to real life.
During the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum, maths is an integral part of many learning opportunities through continuous provision. Pupils develop their knowledge and understanding of mathematics through play, exploration and discussion. 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. They explore shapes, pattern and measures in context.
During Key Stage 1, mathematics lessons include mental starters which are designed to be faster paced and enable children to calculate mentally at a quick pace. In their main lesson, they learn how the number system works and strategies for calculating with all four operations so that they are fluent. Additionally they learn about shape, space and measures, 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, develop greater fluency of calculating with all four number operations, moving to formal traditional methods throughout the Key Stage. Pupils use a wider range of mathematical language and are expected to articulate their reasoning clearly, using this precise language. Across the maths curriculum, problem solving and reasoning about their thinking and ideas are developed in a range of contexts, both practical and abstract.