Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage experience a wide range of play activities, which introduce the concepts of mathematics. Each class in KS1 and KS2 has a daily maths lesson, which usually includes mental maths, whole class and group teaching and the application of mathematical skills to real-life problem solving. Basic understanding of numbers is introduced in the Early Years and is reinforced through role-play, games and investigative work, dependent upon the age and ability of the child .
We follow the approaches and strategies which feature in the 'White Rose' Maths scheme, drawing from a range of resources to develop children's confidence in the manipulation of number. Mental arithmetic underpins this understanding and is strongly emphasized throughout the school.
Maths in the Foundation Stage and KS1
Maths skills and concepts in the Early Years are taught mainly through practical hands-on activities, promoting a multi-sensory approach to learning. This may be through songs, rhymes, stories, games or role-play and problem solving tasks. The activities are linked to real-life situations wherever possible, to make them more relevant to the children.
The main areas covered in mathematics teaching are Number, Shape, Measures (including Time) and Data Handling. At all times, children are encouraged to apply the skills they learn to practical problems. Links are made with other curriculum areas and ICT is used where relevant.
Maths in KS2
In KS2 mathematics teaching takes place on a daily basis. It follows on from the basic skills learned in KS1, introducing several formal methods of calculation at appropriate age and ability levels. Lessons are in line with the revised framework for Maths.
Lessons are practical and linked to real life situations wherever possible. We do encourage parents and carers to help their children with homework, particularly times tables and telling the time. All children receive a certificate when they have learned a times table.
Helping Your Child at Home
Any additional help at home will enhance your child's learning. This may be encouraged by helping with such tasks as baking (weighing, capacity, temperature), DIY (measurement), laying the table (counting), counting in 1s, 10s, 5s, 2s etc, general addition and subtraction, playing computer games (the BBC websites 'cbbc' and 'cbeebies' have some good games).