Maths provides pupils with a powerful set of tools with which to calculate, reason and solve problems.
The National Curriculum for Mathematics describes what must be taught in each year group. At St Andrew’s Infant School, Year 1 and 2 follow the National Curriculum using the school’s long term plan that covers the objectives. Our Curriculum in our Reception Classes ensures that all children receive their entitlement to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework. Children need to master key mathematics skills, rather than striving to solely achieve the next objective year on year. The aim of the curriculum is to instil a deeper understanding of mathematics, such that it can be applied to different contexts.
It is important to create a whole school approach, of which staff, children, parents and governors have a clear understanding. Understanding the relationships and patterns that form between numbers is important for pupils to solve problems, within their education as well as their everyday life. Therefore it is imperative that a positive attitude towards maths is encouraged amongst all of our pupils, in order to nurture self-confidence and a sense of achievement. To help create this attitude we teach through a concrete, pictorial, abstract approach that develops a deep and sustainable understanding of maths.
To develop our pupils fluency in mathematics the whole school do daily Snappy Maths. This programme is aimed at raising children’s rapid recall of number bonds and times tables facts. This repetition aids the children’s recall of basic facts. In addition Year Two, do Magical Maths once a week. This programme is aimed at raising pupils written fluency in general arithmetic.